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Your Heart: A Chapbook of Christian Poems

Your Heart:

A Chapbook of Christian Poems

by Kim Bond

 

Copyright © 2016 is held, all rights reserved, by Kim Bond.

Questions about this publication should be directed to [email protected]

 

This poetry collection is dedicated to our Lord.

 

NOTICE

The works contained within this publication are an expression of artistic devotion to God, commentary on society and life, and conventional entertainment. This publication is not intended to be autobiographical in nature or to teach Christian theology or doctrine. Names, characters, and places are fictional and are used in a fictitious manner.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.www.zondervan.com. The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Extraordinary Love

Little Things

Isle of the Dead

That One Friend

Your Heart

All Out or All In

Manners

Nostalgia

Minus One

A Poem Prayer

A Hard Lesson

House Plant

Feelings

The Poet’s Struggle

Faith

Seven Deadly Sins Part I

Seven Deadly Sins Part II

Seven Deadly Sins Part III

Seven Deadly Sins Part IV

Seven Deadly Sins Part V

Seven Deadly Sins Part VI

Seven Deadly Sins Part VII

Psalm to My Soul

Note to Readers

 

[][] Extraordinary Love

 

Is sugar cane less sweet when it grows in a field?

Is a cloud more majestic on a cloudy day?

Is a daisy less dainty in a pasture?

Nor are you less valued when there is no…

…spotlight…

…high five…

…congratulations…

…significant other…

God thinks you are extraordinary.

Today.

Just as you are.

 

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered….” —Luke 12:7

 

[]Little Things

 

I wanted to travel around the world,

And smuggle Bibles across borders,

Or maybe care for disabled children

In an Asian village orphanage.

 

I wanted to do something big for God,

No order was too tall,

But the Lord said to me,

“Can you do something small?”

 

“Can you raise a family?

And work hard at your job?

Can you love your neighbor?

How about adopt a stray dog?”

 

After all these years, I say it with a wink,

“Lord, these little things are harder than you think.”

 

[]Isle of the Dead

 

A rowboat ferried me to the Isle of the Dead,

Upon arrival, I could almost smell the dread,

The inhabitants did not look as one might think,

Their flesh appeared vigorous and pink,

Some of them had once drifted off course,

Others willed themselves there with force,

Their bodies never die but continue to live on

It is their souls that are now dead and wholly gone.

 

[]That One Friend

 

You say you don’t know God

Haven’t seen or heard Him

But you have a good friend

And he’s a faithful Christian.

 

Here’s the honest truth,

if you’ll take the time to hear it,

The awesomeness in your friend

is God’s Holy Spirit.

 

In your mind you do not know Him,

But Your heart has grown to love Him,

And your friend who has been so true

is God’s Spirit loving you.

 

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…”—Galatians 5:22-23

 

[]Your Heart

 

It hangs in the room like a big glowing ball,

Everyone is mesmerized,

but fear keeps them from touching it;

People die without ever coming close—

Afraid it might sting their hearts in the end,

The glowing ball is pure and simple joy.

 

Not me.

I take hold of some.

I tie a string to it

and march right to the door of your heart.

I am surprised to find guards

with spears standing by.

I reach past them and knock.

No answer.

 

I boldly knock ‘til nightfall.

Then I sleep there

at the door of your heart.

At morning, I knock some more.

Finally, you answer the door

and I see your face.

 

I reach out to give you the joy on a string.

And you order the guards to…

“Take her away.”

 

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” —Revelation 3:20

 

[]All Out or All In

 

Pastors say this generation does not ask,

Statistics show they do not seek,

They escape their problems with a flask,

They maintain their friendships with a streak.

 

Maybe one day they will start to speak,

And make knowing God their ultimate goal,

They’ll dive ALL IN with their heart, mind, and soul.

 

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

 

[]Manners

 

Adults taught me it’s impolite

to discuss thoughts on religion;

They said it could start a fight

or cause a friendship to end.

 

Even if I duct-taped my mouth,

My eyes would scream and shout,

For every Christian has a mission

to fulfill the Great Commission.

 

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” —Matthew 28:19-20

 

[]Nostalgia

 

I yearn for outmoded ways of bygone days,

Modern world, spin without me,

I will sit and be still.

 

[]Minus One

 

You were so genuine when you shared your soul,

I wish there were more like you,

Instead there is one less.

 

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” —John 5:24

 

[]A Poem Prayer

 

Father, we know You are there,

We ask You to hear our prayer,

Heal us from shame, fear, and rejection,

Oh Lord, have mercy on us—Your children.

 

Help us to exalt Your opinion of us,

To You, we are positively priceless,

Help us to disregard any objection,

Oh Lord, have mercy on us—Your children.

 

With Your blood, make us clean,

Deliver us from our sinful routine,

Forgive our every transgression,

Oh Lord, have mercy on us—Your children.

 

^ “^In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us….”—Ephesians 1:7-8

 

[][] A Hard Lesson

 

After I give a public speech,

I find lettuce in my teeth;

My body was never fit for a bikini,

and my car isn’t exactly a Lamborghini;

I’ve learned not to rethink my words and dwell,

but to clear my mind and say, “Oh well!”

Impressing people is an exercise in futility

because God is teaching me the virtue of humility;

He is making me more humble like His Son;

I only wish it wasn’t such a hard lesson.

 

“Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.” —Proverbs 15:33

 

[]House Plant

 

You are a flourishing calla lily plant

that grows in a vibrant clay pot;

Your leaves perfectly enchant

Your bloom is a yellow love knot.

 

When you paint yourself in a positive light,

your view makes you thrive.

When you throw shade on every blight,

your thoughts cause you to die.

 

Remind yourself you’re a beauty

And tell other thoughts to hush

It’s your own choice and duty

To squash the underbrush.

 

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”—Psalm 139:14

 

[]Feelings

 

My feelings made me care,

They went with me everywhere,

I was afraid people would see

just how they embarrassed me,

So I somehow put them on a shelf,

In that way I numbed myself.

 

One day I invited Jesus in,

And let Him cover all my sin,

He told me feelings are a gift,

Heavy ones — He would lift,

Now I let them come and go,

He never lets me lose control.

 

Life is short from beginning to end,

It’s not too late to begin again,

Put fear of feeling on delay,

And let some emotion show today.

 

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” —Matthew 11:29-30

 

[]The Poet’s Struggle

 

If only my body had no need of sleep,

Unceasingly, I would write poetry

The fragrance of my words like potpourri,

Stirring the angels to weep.

 

Why do I waste my time?

Arranging words in symmetry,

Guaranteeing poverty and obscurity,

On such a trivial pastime.

 

I will stop writing today alas,

No wait, I’ll stop tomorrow,

First let me express my sorrow,

In a touching epitaph.

 

[]Faith

 

Faith is not an intellectual pursuit,

It’s not what natural senses perceive,

It does not require scientific proof,

It is what our hearts and souls believe.

 

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”—Hebrews 11:1

 

[]Seven Deadly Sins Part I

 

It’s the story that goes untold,

In you builds an unquenchable fire,

For inappropriate desire,

Lust is the sin that has taken hold.

 

You are a chosen daughter or son,

And that truth can’t be undone,

Reach for healing without hesitation,

Make chastity the focus of your meditation.

 

[]Seven Deadly Sins Part II

 

Your soul believes it’s disgusting,

And the thought gives your waist its shape,

Finding solace in chips and cake,

It’s the deadly sin of gluttony.

 

Take heed, you beautiful soul,

Let abstinence fill your bowl,

You’re accepted and beloved,

by a forgiving Father above.

 

[]Seven Deadly Sins Part III

 

You’ll never have all the stuff you need

to make you feel completely safe

but it just feels good to take, take, take

This is the deadly sin of greed.

 

Trusting people makes you feel queasy,

Put your trust in God—that’s easy,

The only way to learn to live

is to open your hand and give.

 

[]Seven Deadly Sins Part IV

 

It would seem your soul has no boss

All day you sit and slouch

Watching TV on the couch

It’s the wicked sin of sloth.

 

Feel alive, you empowered soul,

Let diligence be your goal,

God’s right there by your side,

He will be your faithful guide.

 

[]Seven Deadly Sins Part V

 

You defend yourself from pain,

with slams, fists, and fights,

If your life is filled with strife,

Anger is the sin to blame.

 

Trust Almighty God to fix,

All the pain mere man can inflict,

Take hold of peace and don’t let go,

Embrace charity to make it so.

 

[]Seven Deadly Sins Part VI

 

It’s maddening to see

good things come to a friend

without a little criticism

It’s the ugly sin of envy.

 

Since the time of your birth

No one has noticed your worth

You may feel deprived

but God is on your side.

 

[]Seven Deadly Sins Part VII

 

“I” is how all your sentences begin,

Bragging is the way you hide

all the shame you feel inside

Pride is the name of your sin.

 

God pronounces you clean

That’s a promise you now redeem

Make your soul behave

by serving the lowly slave.

 

[]Psalm to My Soul

 

Oh my soul, learn from the…

…intricate rose that you were created,

…tall sunflower to reach up high,

…daylily that time is short,

…crushed wheat kernel that you were born of sacrifice.

^ “^Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” —John 12:24

[]Note to Readers

If you enjoyed this poems collection, you might also like Creator: A Christian Poetry Collection and Worthy: A Chapbook of Christian Poems. If you have never made the decision to begin a Christian, you can start right now with a simple prayer like this: “God, I know I have sinned. I believe Your Son Jesus died on the cross to pay for my sins and rose to live forever. Thank You for the gracious gift of salvation. I look forward to the day I will live in heaven. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” Congratulations! I hope you grow closer to God by reading the Bible, praying daily, and attending church. Reading Christian books is another great way to stay focused on God. Visit www.drawneartochrist.com to access more free or inexpensive Christian literature. Whether you have been a Christian a long time or only a few moments, I pray you receive God’s perfect will for your life. Thanks for reading!


Your Heart: A Chapbook of Christian Poems

  • ISBN: 9781370839834
  • Author: Kim Bond
  • Published: 2016-08-13 07:50:09
  • Words: 2127
Your Heart: A Chapbook of Christian Poems Your Heart: A Chapbook of Christian Poems