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The Holy Spirit Moves
The Holy Spirit moves within
to help my mind discern
which paths are right, which lead to sin;
to teach—if I will learn.
I delve into God’s Word.
Each time my heart is stirred;
His still small voice I’ve heard.
Each day His love He proves.
The Holy Spirit moves.
Life Is Full of Promises
Man’s promises are spoken, kept,
and broken every day
by sweethearts, friends and family,
by those at work and play.
They’re made by those who think ahead
and those who speak in haste.
They may be plain and simple or
with lofty phrases laced.
Because we all are fallible
and life is full of change,
our promises may not be met
as plans get rearranged.
God’s promises are in His Book
for every eye to see.
To claim them, people sometimes fail
to see faith is the key.
They blindly get their wants confused
with needs and pray amiss,
expecting God to answer fast
and fill their lives with bliss.
Omniscient God knows what we need.
Believers have in store
the peace that only God can give,
deep joy, and so much more:
forgiveness for sins we confess
and wisdom, if we ask;
defense against the Devil’s snares
as in God’s love we bask;
His Spirit dwelling deep within
to guide our steps aright;
and when our race down here is run,
a home in Heaven bright.
Janice Canerdy is a retired high-school English teacher from Potts Camp,
Mississippi. She especially enjoys rhymed, metered poetry and mourns its
near-demise in some circles. Her writings have appeared in numerous
publications, including Spirit Fire Review, Wild Violet, The Road Not Taken,
Bitterroot, Society of Classical Poets, Lighten Up Online, Better Than Starbucks,
Saturday Evening Post, and in anthologies published by the Mississippi Poetry
Society, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Whispering Angel
Books, and Quill Books. She is the author of Expressions of Faith, published
by Christian Faith Publishing.