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THE MAP BOOK

Once there was a man
Who had a map book in his hand
Because of pride and arrogance
He would not even take a glance

His life took him down many a road
Through lands of warmth and some of cold
Wrong turns here and lost while there
He tried so hard but could not fare

Then one day a good friend said
"Why don't you try the book instead?"
He sheepishly opened it and stared
Oh my God, He really cared

Jesus now is his guide and friend
A true love and friendship without end
Though he still climbs a hill or valley
He won't get caught in a back alley

The man led his family by the book
They lived like a tree next to the brook
Healthy and fruitful and full of life
What a change from all that strife

When he passed on and was dead
What a great man they all said
He's now in heaven without a doubt
Please join the team and don't miss out

Author Through God's Grace: Jeffry Ruddy
 
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God's Special Show

GOD'S SPECIAL SHOW

Sunset tonight was wonderful
All the colors, starting with blue
The clouds were white, pale and orange
Making the ocean appear so foriegn

They faded pink as the sun hit the sea
God's special show for you and for me
The sky went magenta then dark and black
Revealing the stars hiding in back

Out came the moon now for it's turn
There are sparkles all over instead of the burn
Help me remember to give You the raves
Either swimming or floating or surfing Your waves

You show You exist in so many ways
I'll glorify You all of my days
Thank You for life and the beauty of earth
Help me to know what in Your eyes I'm worth

Author Through God's Grace: Jeffry Ruddy
 
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Hello, Buddy2. It is nice to meet you through your good poetry. I enjoyed "The Map Book," and have seen "God's Special Show" through similar eyes. :)

God bless you!
 
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Just Trusting In God Is The Cure

Thanks "To Christ". Here's another...

JUST TRUSTING IN GOD IS THE CURE

People fight against growth and change
But holding selves down is so strange
Must take our thoughts and rearrange
Saddle that horse and ride the range

Men act so proud and stay the same
Hiding behind fear and our shame
While finding someone else to blame
Violence or boredom is our fame

Then women on the other hand
Just want to control all the land
Seeking security that's bland
Forgetting about what God planned

The truth is life's an adventure
Not easy and sometimes unsure
While satan's follies due allure
Just trusting in God is the cure

Author through God's grace: Jeffry Ruddy
 
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We All Seem Rather Small

WE ALL SEEM RATHER SMALL

We all seem rather small
in the scheme of things
Obviously going nowhere
just back and forth on swings

I believe that conformism
makes for lost and empty lives
Using untruthful happy faces
to hide the misery in our eyes

One key could be contentment
another may be striving
For anyone to feel of purpose
we join a Church that's thriving

Author through God's grace: Jeffry Ruddy
 
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The Devil Thought...

I'm really enjoying writing Christ themed poetry

THE DEVIL THOUGHT...

The devil thought he had You beat
When he saw You walk that street
It's You that hung upon a cross
While we're the ones truly dross

Knowing You did that to save us
We all love You Lord Jesus
Please help me teaching those not yet
That on Your life they can bet

I'll remember when I doubted
So to care for the outed
Drinker, pusher or prostitute
That You are our substitute

Take my faith now over the edge
Trusting in Your leverage
Making sure all glory is Yours
Showing me the open doors

Keep me praying and close to You
It's then I'll know what to do
You're The Way, The Truth, and The Life
And have conquered all the strife

Author through God's grace: Jeffry Ruddy
 
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WOW..thanks for sharing all these really great poems....
your really good at it...keep it up....
enjoyed reading all!!!!
god bless
kara
 
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YOU"LL REACH GOD"S PORT

This was inspired by "In Christ"s FREEDOM SHIP...

YOU"LL REACH GOD"S PORT

The storm's so big
We're going to sink
But I'm with you
Not safe, you think

Though wind or waves
Are powerful
Just hold on strong
Don't fear their pull

You'll reach God's port
So don't you fret
For I'm with you
On that you bet

Author through God's grace: Jeffry Ruddy
 
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PLEASE

Please let the light of day
Break through this darkest night
Oh how I wish it may
And sure hope He might

If I could I'd even pay
To release the awful fright
Now to find a way
And to clear my sight

I ask You now to stay
Stay and have a bite
Please be my ray
I'll share your loving light

Author by God's Grace: Jeffry Ruddy
 
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...IN A GODLY FASHION

Making love in a Godly fashion
Living with whole-hearted passion
Treating your mate much better than self
To have the softness of an elf

This is an obtainable target
Just can't buy it at the market
Continue to woo after marriage
Share time pushing baby's carriage

There's so many things that stress us out
Still find happiness do not pout
Always set aside some time to date
In happy couple's it's a trait

When you spend an evening fine dining
Hardly any talk of whining
Then you can maybe go to a dance
Or if you can then go to France

Jesus gave the art of lovemaking
True it's not always earthshaking
We need to work at the fact it's fun
Then we'll be joined from two to one

Author through God's Grace: Jeff Ruddy A.K.A.- Buddy2
 
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Thank you Buddy2. I read the poems you posted since my last reading this thread, and was thinking how unique and lifelike is your poetry; like crystals, clear with facets that show different colors as they turn in the light.

As I read YOU'LL REACH GOD'S PORT, I thought how cool, it feels like you are answering my poem. And I wondered about that. Then I read the poem again, and saw I had missed the dedication: that you did embark your ship from mine!! Apologies for waiting so long to give you gratitude! Thank you so much. I'm praising God for you. You have given me a timeless gift, a blessing from Jesus that I'm noticing just when I need it most.
 
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Thank You "To Christ"!

God laid it on my heart awhile ago, but I've been soo scared to try. Thank You Jesus for "To Christ's" response. I have over 150 Christian themed poems now and will start working on getting them published. The book's title?
Of God, Life, And...

Here's another...

...At The Altar

What you've left at the altar
Don't you dare pick up again
Satan wants you to falter
But you really can abstain

We will be given trials
And of course will be tempted
We can climb all the piles
And sin can be pre-empted

It's through Jesus that we win
Over the world and our flesh
Turn our hearts away from sin
And our lives become afresh

I've seen it with my own eyes
The healing power in God's Grace
Those knowing looks and sighs
Just have Faith and seek His face

When it comes to sin and me
I sure had such a struggle
I couldn't stop don't you see
Till Jesus joined the huddle

Author through God's Grace: Jeffry Ruddy
 
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My Bestest, Dearest, and Closest friend just passed away. Here's a poem...

James M. Memorial Poem

Have known this man for twenty-eight years
He truly is my Best Buddy
James has helped me get past my fears
And to even find life funny

School, working and playing together
We've shared all this and more as friends
Topics ranged from ants to the weather
Of God or silly fashion trends

My friend James had never let me down
And he always came through for me
When I needed to get out of town
He'd say "Go sit under that tree."

Though I'll miss him, I'm really not sad
Because he's in That better place
Only selfishness would make me mad
So I'll just remember his face

I Love You, James!
And I'll catch up with you someday!

Author through God's Grace: Jeffry Ruddy
 
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Buddy2 said:
God laid it on my heart awhile ago, but I've been soo scared to try. Thank You Jesus for "To Christ's" response. I have over 150 Christian themed poems now and will start working on getting them published. The book's title?
Of God, Life, And... Jeffry Ruddy
Thank you for sharing this, Jeffry. God keep you courageous, peaceful, and confident to follow all avenues to publish your writing successfully. Godspeed with the wind in your sails and every resource you need from His love and provision.
:ip: :present: :rainbow:
 
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[ARE YOU THERE GOD?][/B]

Can You see how hard I'm trying
Why is life so difficult
Did You say Christ did the dying
Do You feel it's all my fault

I'm giving my life for my wife
Why is it never enough
Giving wholley to You my life
Would it then not be so tough

Read the story of our man Job
And look at what he went through
Tell me now did he earn a robe
Or just float off in the blue

Have to admit I'm questioning
All the things I've been told
My faith needs a new fashioning
But I miss that Love of old

Author: Through God's Grace- Jeff Ruddy

Thank You Lord for answering this query!
 
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Buddy2 , your poems are great. Reflections of real life living with the Lord. I love your sense of humor you sprinkle through the verses I like
'in a Godly Fashion'

I'll look out for your book of verses when its published

Your friend in Christ
:love: Calluna
 
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Thank You God...

THANK YOU GOD...

Thank You God for bringing me through
That wilderness and desert experience
Everything feels so fresh and new
And I think I've got more sense

I had fallen off Your wagon, it's true
And I know watching me had made You wince
I'm glad I found my way back to You
Knowing and trusting in Your acceptance

I'm Yours again and really want to do
Much more than standing on this fence
I don't care 'bout being black and blue
Thank You God for bringing me through


Author through God's Grace: Jeffry Ruddy
 
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FIRST CHECK WITH GOD IF THAT'S A FACT

Jesus died of a broken heart
While I am now living with one
I can't believe that happened to me
Especially after all I've done

I have tried my best to be a good husband
Though of course have failed here and there
I have sacrificed dreams to make other's come true
Just hoping that life would be fair

She said she has the right to do
Everything under the sun
Claiming to be a follower of Christ
But definitely not acting like one

There's things that happen beyond our control
While others are a deliberate act
So when stating that something's alright
First check with God if that's a fact

Author through God's Grace: Jeffry Ruddy a.k.a.-Buddy2
 
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Buddy2 said:
FIRST CHECK WITH GOD IF THAT'S A FACT
Jesus died of a broken heart
While I am now living with one
I can't believe that happened to me
Especially after all I've done
I have tried my best to be a good husband
Though of course have failed here and there
I have sacrificed dreams to make other's come true
Just hoping that life would be fair
She said she has the right to do
Everything under the sun
Claiming to be a follower of Christ
But definitely not acting like one
There's things that happen beyond our control
While others are a deliberate act
So when stating that something's alright
First check with God if that's a fact
Author through God's Grace: Jeffry Ruddy a.k.a.-Buddy2
This poem of Buddy2 is the reflection of my life too! It's really consoling read this! I thank the Lord for the person of Buddy2 and for blessing him with such a gift! May God bless you Buddy2
 
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Forgiveness comes...

Thanks suvakkin_an! I made it through with God's help.

FORGIVENESS COMES...

Forgiveness comes
By loving God more than self
Caring for loved ones
Putting hate on the shelf

It's a choice we make
and one that's not earned
God forgave me
Now for my turn

The freedom I feel
and happiness of heart
By forgiving my wife
Just doing my part

We're lovers again
Like those years ago
I thank God for the lesson
and the tears that did flow


Author through God's Grace: Jeffry Ruddy
 
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