Beautiful healing words for those who are searching.
Important piece on Environmental issues
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"Think Of The Children" This is a powerful environmental piece which I
dedicate to Greta Thunberg and all those trying desperately to save our beautiful planet.
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Whilst reflecting upon the wonder of Gods' Creation I thought it might be a nice idea to share a few of the poems
I wrote during my years in Scotland, a truly BEAUTIFUL part of the U.K. You'll find these under "My Scottish Odyssey"
the latest of my free downloads, I'm sure you'll enjoy the lovely scenic views!
"The Beginning Of The Journey!"
Who - ME Lord?
When I tremble in my inadequacy
And falter on the brink,
How I wish you had some
Tangible form to cling to!
When I step out “In Faith”,
Yet fear I’m going to sink,
My heart sighs, “Isn’t there
An easier crowd to belong to?”
Oh God - I know you love me,
But isn’t it plain to see,
That when you ask “Who shall I send?”
No-One would think of ME!
© Sylvia Darling 2019
A Life Of Praise
I place my heart between Your Hands in humble offering,
And sacrifice my will at the foot of Your Throne.
I cast aside all worldly aims and proud ambition
That I might live my life to bring glory to Your Name!
Let it be a sweet savour unto You Lord!
Let my heart beat on with Yours in one accord!
Let my lips cry out to all, my God is Worthy!
Let my life enable others to hear Your Call!
Let my heart lie next to Yours in adoration!
Let my mouth sing out anew with songs of praise!
Let Christians all around bring acclamation
To their God By Whom The Universe was made!
©Sylvia Darling 2016
A Shared Thought
It is FAITH and RELATIONSHIP not intellect and effort
that brings forth the seed-bearing fruit of life
in the work we do for God!
©Sylvia Darling 2020
The Way Of The Cross
What would you have me say about serving The Lord?
That it’s fun? That it’s easy?
Should I not speak of those times of inner searching
That will cause you to cry out as one in torment?
Nor mention those occasions when your heart will ache,
And you will thirst as one lost amidst the deserts dry and gritty dunes,
Fearing you will never hear His Voice again?
Moments when the aridity of the Wilderness,
Or the depths of the Valley seem too great for your soul to bear?
Yet if I speak not of these things how do I help you?
For you must crave what lies beyond
the pain of these experiences,
And discover for yourself
the perfection of His Salvation
And the nature of His Greater Plan for you, and all mankind.
Victory lies waiting at the end of your particular tunnel
If you will but pass through it.
If we would have Him change our wooden vessels into chalices
Of gold we must realise that we too must pay a price.
We who earnestly seek to hear the very heart-beat of our Living God
Must also be prepared to spend our time in Gethsemane,
And having endured Gethsemane still have the courage and devotion
To go on to our own personal Calvary.
Only if we have done all these things shall we even begin
To perceive the Wonder of our God, or the Nature of His Love for us.
Shall I tell you that it’s easy…or shall I simply say He’s worth any
© Sylvia Darling 2019
The High Places
It’s easy to delight in Him in the midst of the Golden Field, ripe and scented with the
sweet aroma of herbs and flowers, but it’s not so easy to believe and trust when we
find ourselves on the rocky outcrop to which that sweet-smelling field leads.
We gaze silently at its bleak and barren aspect and turning our heads look back
upon the path our feet so recently travelled with such joy and gladness.
The way ahead does not look welcoming. Can it be the right
path we wonder?
Should we, can we,
go further? Yes, the path IS there but it is here
that we must put
down all our talents and ‘works’ for Him, together with our fanciful imaginings of
glory and power, and gazing steadfastly at Him
learn to WAIT
and to HEAR
we are sure we are following His leading
and not secretly seeking to exalt ourselves
in our ‘service’ to Him. When we have truly
in relation to our work
He shows us we can pick up those burdens again if we will, but now we will know
more clearly what to take. Sorrowfully we look upon Pride and Ambition, knowing
now what a large part they played in getting us thus far when all along we thought we
were being pure and holy. We turn from these and look at the other burdens we
carried up to this point, self-esteem and hidden sin, carefully concealed avarice
and greed, and we feel no desire for these things either. So what is left? We bend
down and pick up that one remaining package we still feel we need, the one
marked ‘Knowledge’ and we carry it for a while. Knowledge of HIM
is first borne,
then known in the mind,
but then when it is experienced, head knowledge must
for we no longer need ‘knowledge’ when He is truly IN us,
our faith is no
longer a burden to be carried like a Cross upon our backs, we ARE faith!
When God shines in us, through us,
people will look at us and perceive HIM
His Beauty and they will fall down and CRY to know the Living God.
shall we truly be vessels, only then
are we full of His Life not our own.
That last parcel called ‘knowledge’ was discarded along the way when we started to be
what our earthbound selves merely had us doing
The external façade
has at last become an internal reality,
but one unpolluted
by earthbound ideals.
shall walk in His strength
not our own, and see through His Eyes
compassion and new understanding both the sins of our fellowman and
© Sylvia Darling 2019
I used to be afraid of God,
Afraid that He might see
The many pains within my heart
As sins between Him and me;
But then He made me realize
It was not His will to judge,
But that He’d rather heal with love,
Any hidden hurt or grudge,
And as I slowly yielded
Those secret parts of me,
I found that He could heal them all,
And inside – I was free!
© Sylvia Darling 2017
The toll of city life today and the ACTUAL price we pay!
Glimpses of God
Achieving Relationship With God Through Prayer
A humble spirit and the ability to subjugate ‘The Self’ are both essential
if we truly want to know
God and enter into relationship
We have to be able to hear His Voice clearly
and, temporarily at least,
able to ‘quarantine’ areas of our mind, stilling our own
voices in order to hear His.
This is not easy for most of us but the Bible assures us in Hebrews 11:6 that God is
of those who diligently
seek Him - if the
desire and determination in us is strong enough we can
Taking our prayer lives a step further and seeking to achieve a real relationship
God requires a very different approach to prayer. We have to abandon
our normal ‘monologue’
style prayer and open our minds
to the fact that this
relationship CAN BE a
communication…we must pray expecting
to receive from Him. There can be no
‘time-limit’ on this type of prayer, we sit before Him sharing
our thoughts, our desire
to follow Him more closely, we ‘wait’ upon Him, and in due time, at His
we will start to hear. Gods’ Spirit speaks to our
spirits, it’s a whisper
a gentle stirring inside. It is wonderful…peaceful…illuminating.
He sometimes guides us to look at
a particular Scripture and then suddenly that Scripture becomes ‘alive’
to us and we see and
understand things in that text that we never saw before, it is a truly amazing experience.
We also soon realize that Gods’ Thoughts are not like ours
in any way at all! It is just
as Isaiah 55:8/9 says “… my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than
your thoughts.” Gods’ Thoughts are totally Pure and Holy
because HE is Pure and Holy!
There is an incredible PURITY
that emanates from God that is
to describe, it is completely overwhelming.
The mind of man cannot cope with or
in any way comprehend
the ENORMITY of His boundless
MAJESTY, BEAUTY, POWER and GRACE.
The Perfection of the
World He Created is but a tiny reflection of Him and we can
SEE and are AWARE of only an infinitesimal part of it!
It is to man’s detriment that he will not ALLOW himself
to travel down that road:
his mind is too limited, his ego too great. We are made in Gods’ Image but we
Him, nor ever can be – it was Adams’ folly and man-kinds ever since to think we ever
Many still choose to vaunt themselves before God,
endlessly challenging, abusing and mocking a Creator who truly IS AWESOME.
In 2 Tim 3:1/7 we read: “...in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers
of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers…unthankful, unholy… despisers of
those that are good.
Traitors, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Having a form
of Godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away”
He concludes that they are
“…ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”.
We contain a tiny essence
of His Spirit and yet we’re afraid to even entertain the
of it, the SCOPE of it,
or to truly
ALLOW that spirit to develop
within us. We are too afraid to seek The Truth
that would heighten
our senses and
our understanding of ALL
things, every aspect of the World around us:
we limit OURSELVES by our refusal to fully embrace
what we cannot explain! How foolish we are
not to explore to the utmost of our ability every aspect
of Himself that God Chooses to reveal
to us! We could all be so much MORE, we could be ALL He Created us to be through FAITH and PRAYER
and by allowing His Holy Spirit to move freely in our lives!
© Sylvia Darling 2019
The world is full of aching hearts,
Full of fear, dulled hope and pain;
People afraid to count the cost,
Merely hoping it’s not in vain.
So many are trapped in emptiness,
They’re the lost in hot pursuit
Of imagined prizes and worthless goals,
Idols held in high repute.
How God must weep as He watches
While they seek as their common goal
The riches of a transient world,
Not Salvation for the soul.
When will they see the futility
Of their endless toil and strife?
One day they’ll see what their idols cost –
The Gift of Eternal Life!
© Sylvia Darling 2019
“Aching hearts, full of fear, dulled hope and pain”,
those few words describe the way far too many of us live our lives today,
refusing to admit what it actually does cost us physically, emotionally,
spiritually, just to get through another day. We know in our hearts that it is
all in vain, that tomorrow will be exactly the same, and the day after that, and the day after that.
The Apostle Paul wrote that “Spiritual truths are spiritually discerned”, but few of us today are
really looking for spiritual solutions for problems we perceive as belonging to our
Modern World, and far too complex for God to be the only answer we need. I did too.
I had no-one to open my eyes to the truth, to guide my feet along the right path.
I met with God when I was very, very small, too young to understand all I needed
to understand so of course I stumbled and fell very often as I grew up.
My childhood was not a happy one and even when I was young I would wonder
‘What is the point? Why am I here? Why was I ever even born?’, but even though
I wandered far from God feeling lonely and afraid, I later discovered
that He had never ONCE let go of my hand, although I had most certainly let go of His!
Why not spend a little time with me on my other website too,
sharing some of my heartache and despair will help you find healing and explanations
for your own. I promise you it’s not a BORING read and it’s only
a click away…JOIN ME, you have absolutely nothing to lose and
so very much to gain!
© Sylvia Darling 2019
This months' instalment of "Lost and Found, The Other Side Of Me" can be viewed
Learning about Eddie, my new ‘Daddy’ and his life in Poland, but our home is turning into a warzone
as he and my Mother constantly fight about Simon. Obliterating a German machine-gun post at the
battle of Monte Cassino had cost Eddie dearly, he had lost a leg and his career in the Polish Army,
he also suffered from acute phantom pain. He is put on a powerful new drug and the situation goes from bad to worse.
Uplifting and inspiring Christian Verse
(Printed with permission of Sylvia Darling author of "Lost and Found - The Other Side Of Me")
God, You are so special to me,
You’re the one thing in my life
That no-one can take away.
There is only one thing that
Can come between us – ME,
And You help me even to overcome myself.
When I withdraw helpless and afraid
You reach out and draw me close.
When I am angry and confused
You listen, then when I am still once more,
You soothe me and explain.
How far is my mind from Yours,
Yet always You are there,
Reaching out to communicate.
I need only to be still to hear.