I know You see the tears I cry.
I know You’re touched by the pain I feel.
I know that You see the fight
And the struggles I endure.
All of this pleases You.

It is not my pain that causes You to smile –
Nay it is what I do with that pain.
It is how I react to the lesson.
It is what I glean and learn from the experience.
My faith is what brings You pleasure.

I will not give in.
I will not give up –
No matter how hard or difficult the road may be.
My faith grows stronger with each new lesson.
Even when I falter, I still grow.
All of this pleases You.

There is a new day on the horizon.
There is a new me being created.
The old is dying and steadily losing her power.
The new is growing and emerging little by little.
All of this pleases You.
And this, in turn, pleases me.

~ Laurie Pontious-Andrews


About unabashedhope

The name Unabashed Hope comes from my favorite poem by Emily Dickinson. Unabashed means not embarrassed, disconcerted or ashamed. I believe Emily's poem, Hope is the Thing with Feathers, says it best: Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I've heard it in the chilliest land And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me.

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