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Ask: a poem

Updated on August 14, 2016


Sometimes it seems all hope is gone

You feel you just cannot go on

You need some understanding fast

Well, all you've got to do is ask

Ask, and you shall receive

More love than you can yet conceive

You needn't be alone anymore

There's a whole new life to explore

He will never forsake your side

With Him you'll find true peace of mind

Just trust and know He will always be there

Your faith will replace the abiding despair

© 2013 Shannon


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      Caroline Marie 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Beautiful poem! :)

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      Interesting. But I think if I am not mistaken, If we asked, we should work for whatever it is. Because God is always there, but the effort must be from within and his guidance would always with us all.

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      I believe you have to do some work, yes, but there are also a few verses that apply to asking and receiving. Matthew 7:7 , Matthew 21:22, and Luke 11:9, for instance.

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, carolinemd21. I am not sure why the comment is not here. I thought I replied already.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What a very fitting poem to read this morning, sweet Shanmarie...

      I see that you truly write what you live and breathe. You have recently been the ringleader, along with our beautiful Faith Reaper, in gathering our HubVille community in loving thoughts, prayers and support of our Nellieanna, as she has experienced loss in her family.

      You have such a loving and beautiful heart. I am grateful to the "Good Words" project and FAITH Reaper for introducing us. Love, Maria

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Inspiring poem, thanks, Shanmarie. We should, however, always know that what we ask may not be what we are supposed to receive at the specific time. It may be time for us to learn an important lesson we need to know in order to become the instrument of God we need to be somewhere in the future. Most lessons are extremely painful to learn, but eventually we look back and understand...

      Oh, and I must admit, I have no respect for people who see God as their personal Fairy Godfather, ready with a magic wand, realizing all their wishes as they pray them. Those prayers comprising asking asking asking... and even after thanks and praise, the asking comes again... Aauuw, better just stick to Matthew 6:9... :)

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Maria, first let me apologize if similar comments show up twice. I seem to be having internet connection issues tonight. I thought I submitted a reply, but I don't see it.

      Second, you are so kind. Thank you for your sweet words. I am glad to meet you to and very happy for the Good Words project. Besides it being a wonderful project all on its own, the faith hubs have been very timely for several reasons. Much needed boosts.

      As for your words about Nellieanna, I can't take credit for that. I just love her deeply and all I could do was pray and ask others that I knew would also pray to do the same. Faith Reaper also shared, knowing you would pray. Love is a beautiful thing and Love in Christ is. . .well, it's divine. Strangers compassionately praying for one another. It's beautiful. No one can comfort or heal wounds, physical or emotional, the way that God can.

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Oh, Martie, where do I start? I agree that God is certainly not a fairy godfather. And his timing is always better than our own, His will always done. However, that does not mean that healing does not come when we ask for healing, though it may not be in ways that we imagine. Healing may be through death, but there is still healing. It does not mean that we do not get what we ask for just because it is not instantaneous. And it does not mean that someone is selfish for asking, even if asking for oneself. I believe in specific prayer in Christs name and in God's will.

      Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

      Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

      . . .and my most favorite Bible verses are from 1 Corinthians 13 on love.

      I hold fast to the belief that if you ask, you shall receive. In the context of this poem, though, I was writing more about receiving God's grace through Christ. I was also just a young teen and holding steadfast to the rhythm and used a double negative that makes me cringe now even though I decided at the time it would be okay. Haha. I will change it if I ever figure out how.

      Anyway, in the context of regular prayer life, I still say it holds true. It's all a part of faith and trust in God. If I didn't believe my prayers were answered, I would have given up long ago, not seeing the joy and beauty in the world around us through my struggles. And even the beauty in some of my struggles. Desperate prayers answered somehow, someway and mostly for the sake of others more than for myself. That hub I directed you to on FB regarding the supernatural experience, for example.

      That does not mean I don't realize that I made my own bed and must lie in it or get out and make it better. It means trying to seek out God's will as best I can, trying to remain positive and keep my faith in the meantime, and realizing I am in control of myself and for walking through doors He may open. I could share my theory about how even that sometimes depends on others also obeying God's will, but that is another thing altogether. LOL. My point is that I would never suggest a person sit and wait and do nothing but expect people to provide for him or her. But God answers and of that I am certain. So...the long and short of it, I agree with you and yet I don't. Haha. ;)

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