Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Rise and Shine Poem

Rise and Shine ...By Linda Hogeland…July 2011

This morning when I got out of bed
I looked out the window and saw a big ball of red

It was the sun rising in the sky
Yet great drops of water were falling from on high

I thought to myself how can this be?
Sunshine and rain simultaneously!

We need the rain, so I won’t complain
But sunshine and rain were just messin’ with my brain

The rain usually falls on a cloudy day
When the clouds hide the sun till the rain goes away

But this morning none of that was true
The rain fell from a sky of blue

Do we shine for Jesus in that same way…
Are we rays of sunshine on a dreary day?

Can people see Jesus living in us…
When the rest of the world seems to argue and fuss?

Are we a bright ray of light when people are sad
Or a calming balm when someone is mad?

We can be rainbows after a storm
Or even in the midst, if our love is warm

We can be shelter, a place for people to run
When all of life seems to be coming undone

We can be an umbrella held out to a friend
A covering of mercy, a shield from the wind

What better time will there ever be
To offer help... than when people need me?

So as I poured my coffee I gave it some thought
And decided to try all that Jesus has taught

He showed us examples time after time
And He expects us each morning… to rise and to shine!

I'm linking up with Wednesday's walk today. Why not link your posts and tell your story!


Cathy Kennedy said...

What a beautiful poem! And, yes we need to be that ray of sun even when the sky is drab for others to see Jesus living in us. Thanks for the inspiration!

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HappyascanB said...

Love it Love it Love it!!!

Mamaw Bee said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love it. Goes right along with the serenity I'm feeling today.

Verna said...

Thank you, thank you I always enjoy reading your poems.

Love ya.
Have a great day.

Kristin said...

Love it! I have been trying to make a conscious effort not to be negative and to shine :)

Marmee's Pantry said...

That was beyond excellent! You just made my day!

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Diana said...

Linda, your poems are always so inspiring. I love the lines that remind us "...can people see Jesus living in us.. when the rest of the world seems to argue and fuss?" It's a joy to visit you and breath in such beauty from your words. Thank you for always being that Jesus air we all need so much in our lives. In Christ's Love, Diana =)

Malena said...

Loved your poem, Linda! Wonderful to hear fom you again. Refreshing & inspiring. More, more! :)

Maryellen said...

Oh Linda I pray you will one day publish a book of your wonderful poems. You are so gifted !
The world needs the opportunity to read them as well . . .

Thanks for sharing . . .

Deanna said...

haha my word verification is unfee!
Jesus paid the price.

Linda, I so enjoy reading your poetry. Am very blessed to know you. Thank you for shining the Lord's light.

God bless you!

Janet said...

I love your poem. The further I read the more I loved it. It really makes you think and I thank you for being such a blessing!

Have a great day!
Blessings & Hugs

Janet Rose said...

Again your words are a blessing to me as I read them! Thanks for stopping by my blog...I've been gone for two weeks and not even trying to play catch up but to just pick up where everyone is now. Your blog is always a first read when I get a free moment.

Allison of A Farmgirl's View said...

Hi Linda! I just found your blog on Marmee's Pantry. How beautiful! I am loving meeting all the fellow sisters in Christ through these blogs...I would LOVE it if you would stop by my site :) Let's follow each other?

Allison of A Farmgirl's View said...

Thanks Linda for stopping by and following ( you're quick!), sounds like I will be visiting often to glean from your wisdom from raising your family :)

Rebecca said...


Thank you so much for coming by and leaving such a precious comment for me. It means so much to me.

Things are pretty torn up around her with our kitchen remodeling still on going (gag...probably more than a year to go!) but I would welcome you anytime you can visit.

You bless me. And I love the poem.


Dianne said...

Linda, thank you for your sweet, encouraging words on my blog. I do all those things, too! I love to sing loudly praise and worship songs! He turns my "joyful noise" into singing.
God bless,

Christina said...

I love your poems, thanks for linking up!

Debbie said...

Linda, what a good analogy with rain and shine and our Christian walk. A good reminder of how we are to live in the present reality. If Jesus is living in our hearts, do people see something different in us? I want to rise and shine.

Thank you for your comment on Heart Choices. I think we are both desiring to rest in Him, friend.

Blessings and love,

Karin said...

Oh, I loved this one - as I do all your precious poems! Thanks for sharing them with us! God bless!

Becca said...

Oh, I really loved your poem! SO beautiful! I like the comparison of the rain and shine to our relationships with Jesus. Just beautiful!

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

Now that is food for thought. Thanks for posting this.