Gentle Soul

SPIRITUAL GROWTH POEMS AND STORIES GARDEN

at God's Little Acre by Rusti


May your journey to spiritual growth be abundantly blessed!


God's Blessings,
Rusti



Menu of Spiritual Growth Poems and Stories




01.  God's Invisible Breath - A man whispered, "God, speak to me."  And a meadowlark sang. But the man did not hear...

02.  The Carpenter - I hired a carpenter to help me restore an old farmhouse.  After he had just finished a rough first day on the job -- a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit -- and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start...

03.  Broken Toys - As children bring their broken toys, with tears, for me to mend, I brought my broken dreams to God because he was my friend...

04.  The Pit - A man fell into a pit and couldn't get himself out.  A subjective person came along and said, "I feel for you down there."...

05.  Good Morning - Good morning.  I am God. Today I will be handling all of your problems...

06.  If Jesus Came - Would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in? Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they'd been?...

07.  Obituary of Someone Else - I know that all of you were saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our church's most valuable members -- Someone Else...

08.  God Said - I asked God to take away my pain.  God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up...

09.  You and Them - If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.  Succeed anyway...

10.  The Handwriting on the Wall - A weary mother returned from the store lugging groceries through the kitchen door.  Awaiting her arrival was her eight-year-old son anxious to relate what his younger brother had done...

11.  What If - What if God couldn't take the time to bless us today because we couldn't take the time to thank him yesterday...

12.  The Color of Friendship - Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel.  All claimed that they were the best.  The most important.  The most useful.  The favorite...

13. Whisper or Brick - A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar...

14.  A Dozen Roses - I got a dozen roses from a friend the other day.  But I only have one left, for I gave them all away...

15.  The Rose - Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown, for the world was intent on dragging me down.  And if that weren't enough to ruin my day, a young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play...

16.  Wash Day - Monday - Wash Day - Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity so I may serve you with perfect humility through the week ahead...

17.  God's Boxes - I have in my hands two boxes which God gave me to hold.  He said, "Put all you sorrows in the black box and all your joys in the gold."...

18.  Things Aren't Always What They Seem - Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.  The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room... 

19.  P.U.S.H. - A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the savior appeared...

20.  One - As the soot and dirt and ash rained down, we became one color.  As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning building, we became one class...

21.  A Soldier's Night Before Christmas - 'Twas the night before Christmas and he lived all alone, in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone... 

22.  I'll Do Better Tomorrow, I Promise - Dear God, are you still awake?  Have you got a minute or two? You're pretty good at understanding, and I really need to talk to you...

23.  Strong Woman vs. Woman of Strength - A strong woman works out every day, pride in her appearance she portrays.  But a woman of strength kneels to pray, keeping her soul in shape, God leading the way...

24.  Where God Ain't - He was just a little lad and on the week's first day, he was wandering home from Sunday School and dawdling on the way...

25.  No Time to Pray - I knelt to pray but not for long, I had too much to do.  I had to hurry and get to work, for bills would soon be due...

26.  The Homeless Man - It was a cold winter's day that Sunday.  The parking lot to the church was filling up quickly...

27.  A Man and His Dog - A man and his dog were walking along the road.  The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.  He remembered dying...

28. A Letter to the Weary - Dear Child, I heard you cry last night. I was there in the darkness when the tears slipped down your face and your heart broke within you...

29.  The 23rd Psalm - The Lord is my Shepherd - That's Relationship!  I shall not want - That's Supply!...

30.  Life - A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2 inches in diameter...
31.  God's Child on Loan - "I'll lend to you for a little time a child of mine," God said.  "For you to love while she lives and to mourn for when she's dead."... 

32.  A Very Special Prayer - Heavenly Father, Help us to remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and was rushing home to cook dinner...

33.  No Wonder Jesus Loves the Little Children - When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard.  My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on...

34.  God's Eternal Ink - I dreamed I was in heaven where an angel kept God's book.  He was writing so intently I just had to take a look...

35.  Attitude - A 92 year-old petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today...

36.  God Knows - When you are tired and discouraged from fruitless effort, God knows how hard you have tried.  When you've cried so long your heart is in anguish, God has counted your tears...

37.  Gentle Jim - A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day, decided to pass by the altar and see who had come to pray. . . .

38.  I've Learned - I've learned that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.  I've learned that when you're in love, it shows...

39.  A Story of Sorrow - The mall was over-crowded, shoppers rushed from store to store.  Nobody paid attention as she crouched there on the floor...

40.  Today - Outside my window a new day I see, and only I can determine what kind of day it will be.  It can be busy and sunny, laughing and gay, or boring and cold, unhappy and gray...

41.  To My Child - Just for this morning I am going to smile when I see your face and laugh when I feel like crying.  Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear and smile and say how perfect it is...

42.  'Twas the Night Before Jesus Came - 'Twas the night before Jesus came, and all through the house, not a creature was praying, not one in the house...

43. A Message From Heaven - I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below, with tiny lights like heaven's stars reflecting on the snow...

44.  My Mother, My Gem - My mother, my gem, what beauty she holds.  Her worth is far greater than rubies or gold...

45.  Memories - They say memories are golden, well maybe that's true.  But we never wanted memories, we only wanted you...

46.  The House Behind the Weeds - Just two little boys walking down a dusty lane, they came upon this old white house with broken window panes... 

47.  The Gospel Tree - There once was a shining Christmas tree standing out where all could see.  Its brilliance captured every eye and seemed to cheer each passerby...

48.  Teach the Children - I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house...

49.  What Should I Give Up For Lent - Many of us try to be more disciplined for Lent and give up something that we really like.  That's great!  Fasting has always been an important tradition of Lent. This year, however, let us also consider other things that we can give up...

50.  What to Give Up For Lent - Give up watching television one evening a week.  Visit some lonely or sick person instead...

51.  God's Grace - I did not know His love before the way I know it now.  I could not see my need for Him, my pride would not allow...

52.  I Can Sleep When the Wind Blows - Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast.  He constantly advertised for hired hands.  Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic.  They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops...

53.  Expect An Answer - As a drought continued for what seemed an eternity, a small community of farmers was in a quandary as to what to do...

54.  When You Thought I Wasn't Looking - When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one...

55.  On the Other Side - A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was leaving the room after paying a visit, and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die.  Tell me what lies on the other side."...

56.  Memories of Yesterday - A little house with two bedrooms and one car on the street.  A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat...

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