Poem of the Month

Every month, I will feature either a new poem or a favorite poem on this page, as well as the highlighted poems from the previous two months. The category page from which each poem is taken is listed in parentheses ( ) under the month.

August 2018

(from: Courage for the Battle)

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert

to be tempted by the devil.            (Matthew 4:1)




Who changed the scenery from lush to dry?

Who turned up the heat, so that I would fry?

What did I do to be led to this place…

A desert of suff’ring, with no joy or grace?


A desert of waiting for answers to prayer—

For friends to sustain and show that they care.

A desert of loneliness—I have to cross

So the Master Refiner can melt off the dross.


Will I make it out alive? Or, die…

In a sea of exhaustion, wondering, “Why?”

Blinded by sandstorms of needless pain,

Thirsting for hope in a land without rain.


Dear Jesus went to the desert, too...

For testing concerning God’s Word that He knew.

He was led by the Spirit to that dreadful place.

To prepare Him for ministry, when Satan He faced.


So, remember—tough times can be used for gain.

And, Jesus has conquered the land without rain.

As He was led in, He was also led out.

I too, will emerge, I must believe, not doubt.





(C) 2015 gratefulsue

July 2018

(from: Celebrate Life)

Everything Beautiful

A choir, a solo.

Spring trees in flower!

These beautiful things,

Enthrall by the hour.

The orchestra.

A delightful play.

I love a musical

Every day!

Creative ideas.

Spontaneous fun.

Insightful poems.

Tall stories spun.

A loving friendship

That overflows,

Into priceless memories

And hearts aglow.

Healing words,

Joyous brass bands.

Kisses from family,

Help-filled hands.

Exquisite sunsets.

Walks in the woods.

I would hoard them for

Rainy days, if I could.

Gorgeous mountains 

Of red, orange, gold.

Or, painted ones,

Once autumn unfolds.

Fine architecture, or

Landscape design.

Stained-glass windows,

Any artwork, sublime.

Movies which bring about

Laughter or tears--

Motivation to change 

What is left of our years.

Singing birds,

And sparkling lakes.

Summer breezes,

Inspiration makes.

Bursting with color,

Wildflowers in June.

Fine instruments played,

Perfectly in tune.

All things artistic,

Executed with skill.

Well-composed photos

Which calm or thrill.

I know there are wonders

This writing has missed.

Too many to mention--

Not found on my list.

I am filled with awe

At amazing things--

Which the giver of all

Perfect gifts freely brings.  1.

Yes, I will delight in

Each wonderful thing...

For, everything beautiful

Makes my soul sing!

1.   James 1:17



(C) 2015 gratefulsue

(Inspired while out on a walk, admiring a neighbor's creatively designed grounds.)

June 2018

(from: Family)

Reluctant Servant  

A selfish participant in family am I,

Accepting the perks, but reluctant to “die.”  1.


Loving the hugs, affirmations, fun.

Sluggish to finish work that’s not done.


Counting the cost, I’m feeding my fear,

Wanting my “time to myself” to stay clear.


Give up my life!  I will find it anew.  2.

Take the first step, is what I must do.


Once I have started my faith walk today,

I’ll feel the Lord lighten my feet of clay.  3.


But, if I neglect how God asks me to serve,

I’ll end up with the regrets I deserve.  4.



1.   John 12:24-25

2.   John 12:25, 2 Corinthians 5:17

3.   Isaiah 64:8, Philippians 4:13

4.   Philippians 2:1-4




(C) 2015 gratefulsue