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Reflecting back on things learned

Each morning when I rise I reflect

on things God is showing me new each day

if not with words I often write,

but with an audible voice to say,

God, how do I pray? Show me your way.

Life brings us troubles we don’t understand,

things that move us the way they do,

and the emotion whelms up inside our soul

and we need a forgiving and loving heart

for one whose life spins out of control,

one who needs help but there’s much we don’t know,

so in my place of quiet solitude

where my mind is stilled and I ponder all,

and for once not ask for myself to receive,

but offer up my prayers and pleas

for the one who needs divine intervention.

It is what God asks me to do,

it is what I do now, because I believe.


Joyce E. Mannhalter (C) 2018

As I think back on this last year and what I have gone through with the challenges God put in my path there were times when I didn’t know if I could get through it. But, as time went on I realized it was the prayers and support of friends that cared when sometimes I didn’t know what to do because of the pain, bitterness and unforgiveness I carried in my heart. But, God calls us to have a forgiving and understanding heart and pray for the one who has hurt us. In Colossians 3:13 it says, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Luke 6: 28 “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

I am so thankful for what I have learned through this last year as I went through a painful divorce. It has made me grow spiritually. This is the season of thanksgiving as we enter into a time of celebration of the birth of God’s son, and give thanks for what we have, and this is what I am most thankful for. Life is full of lessons in our journey and there is much we can learn and reflect back on. It can change us in ways that make us a better person. I believe it has done that for me. I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. God bless you and yours.

Joyce E. Mannhalter, Nov. 2018

None I see…


There is none I see

Who walks this lone road with me

But one who whispers

In the wind’s soft breeze that blows,

“It is I who walks with thee.”


Joyce E. Johnson (2014)

Seeking His Presence

Seeking His Presence

It is when I am down that I don’t understand

why things happen the way they do,

why my prayers are not answered

and things seem unchanged or renewed.

I try to remember to lean on your word

because in my heart I know it is true.

When my body is weak and my spirit lacks strength

When my soul cries out to You, and You speak,

It is then I must listen. It is then I must hear

for the voice of the Comforter;

His spirit is near, and His message is clear,

He says, “You have been humbled.

And you think, ‘there is no way

that things will be different. It’s just another day.’

But, there comes a new dawn when I will comfort you,

I will take away your pain, and bring you through.

You will rise above all those things you don’t understand,

and you will know my presence and you will shout,

and declare your healing to all who doubt.”


Notes: Scripture references found in the NIV Bible; Matthew 9:35, Proverbs 2:2-6 & 3:5&6, and II Corinthians 1:3&4 These scriptures are a comfort to me as I continue to struggle with an ongoing serious blood disorder, but it is my faith that enables me to believe for a complete healing, yet in God’s timing. Meanwhile, it has taught me patience and perseverance.

Joyce E. Johnson (April, 2014)

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