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Pride, Humility, Love and Wisdom (Revised)

This is another poem that I wrote based on a quote from my friend Eyob.  I saw that it was picking up some traffic and decided to revisit it.


Poetry Picnic Week 26: Seven Deadly Sins



Sweet Lullabye

*image source: dreamworlds.ru

World War II Posters Found – Via My Mom

I got a lump in my throat when I read this. I “grew up” thinking: patriotism, it is the AMERICAN way! I am glad to see that somebody saved these posters. The statement at the end says it all!





~ These were our parents ~
What in God’s name have we let happen ?

I guess we are the last generation to see, or even remember anything like these !

Whatever happened?

It’s called………………………….

Political correctness (or “re-education”) happened,
Lack of God’s name happened,

Lack of personal responsibility happened,

Lack of personal integrity and honesty happened,

Lack of respect and loyalty to our country happened,

Lack of being an American happened.

Did all of these things die along with common sense??

I for one am still proud to be an American!
If you are too….. Pass this along,
So others can show their pride

Do you Think I’m Beautiful?

Do you think I’m beautiful?

Don’t I have a lovely face?

They say although I’m fanciful

I move with infinite grace

That I glide across the floor

And every man looks to see

Who could ask for anything more

Than to be as beautiful as me?

But what you don’t know

Is that I’m ugly inside

What to the world I show

Is my facade of pride

Yet I’m shallow and empty

My beauty is only skin deep

So stay away from me

Or upon your heart I’ll heap

The greatest ache and pain

That you have ever known

You’ll think you’re going insane

When your mind I’ve blown!

Teresa Marie   8/19/11


I used to be
every little girl’s idol

They fashioned after me
a pretty little doll

But now that’s all gone
they worship me no more

Say I’m the devil’s spawn
and that’s nothing to adore

Look where I’ve fallen to
thought I was so great

That anything I could do
but now it’s me they hate

It’s all because of pride
that this mess I’m in

No longer can I hide
away from my own sin

Father, please forgive me
my life to me restore

And You’ll be the One
I’ll tell them to adore!

Teresa Marie  8/18/11

Fallen Angels


When Lucifer fell from the heavens above
due to the pride he held within
he took other angels with him too
who had followed him into his sin.

No longer were they welcome there
after the war in heaven they lost
the Father said, “I cast you out too!”
which was the greatest of cost.

Never again to have heaven’s light
when they fell He took it away
to forever live in the darkness to
be demons in hell from that day.

When they followed the Angel of Light
’twas the biggest mistake of them all
’cause when you wage war against God
you are most surely to fall.

Teresa Marie   4/17/11 ©

How The Devil Became The Devil


“Through pride the devil became the devil. Pride leads to every vice, it’s the complete anti-God state of mind.”  -C.S. Lewis

How The Devil Became The Devil

Know how the devil began
was because with pride he ran

Before the Heavenly Father’s throne
and said, “You’re not alone

The One they should adore!”
as he was demanding more

“Your pride’s led you astray,”
is what the Father did say

“And that you have no doubt
from heaven I cast you out!”

So listen to a little advice
with God you should play nice

And leave all that pride behind
’cause He doesn’t change His mind!

Teresa Marie  4-13-11

Where Does It End And Begin?

It has been an unusual few days for me, as I said in my Wednesday daily post, and thoughts keep running through my head about this question:  Where does pride and selfishness end and love and charity begin?

I think that it may be an issue of the heart, mind and will.  Why?  Because I see it like this:

1) Heart – If your heart is closed off, cold, calloused, empty, etc., then you have no conscious thought of love, kindness, charity, selflessness and so forth.  If you are without love from another in your life, you have no impulse to show love.  If people have been unkind to you, in turn you become unkind.  On this earth, we are what has been shown to us, i.e. learning by example.

When we are without the understanding of the love there is to be found in the Trinity, all we have to base our reality on is this world that knows not the things of the Spirit nor can conceive the joy to be found living in the reality of everything that is encompassed in the fullness of that unconditional love.       (I hope that makes as much sense to you as it does to my M.S. brain.)

A heart never really changes until love has entered it, and I mean both ways.  It cannot become open, caring, kind, generous, etc., until it learns how.  Opportunity makes our reality.

2) Mind – The mind is a powerful thing, as we all well know.  It thinks, acts and reacts impulsively and of its own volition.  For example: we don’t tell our lungs to breathe in and out or tell our legs to move so we can walk or tell our immune system to fight off an infection.  It is all done automatically (unless you have a disease such as mine where those impulses are interrupted or broken.)  We take all of these things for granted because we don’t have to consciously think about them.  God did good when He created the human body didn’t He?

In addition to the physical, the psychological aspect pretty much works in the same fashion.  As with the heart, learned behavior is indelibly etched in our minds and our actions and reactions are driven by what has been put there.  Again, for example: a child who lives with abuse is most likely going to become an abuser or will grow up to be an abused adult and a child raised in a house of love and faith becomes an adult who is loving and has  a firm spiritual foundation.  What does the Bible say?  Raise up a child in the way he should go and when he is older he shall not depart from it.  It’s something like that and wonderfully true.

We, however, can also unlearn behavior and change our minds, so to speak.  When we see that our actions/reactions are wrong or out of whack with what they should be, we are able to change them if we consciously decide to.  Those are things that we control and influence.

3) Will – And that’s where will comes in.  If we are willing to change, we most certainly can.  Isn’t that what all life is anyway, change?  We change every day both physically and mentally.  It’s of our own volition and not.  Life is made up of choices.  We make them every minute of every hour, whether they be good ones or not.  The will is fully under our control and is a powerful force to be reckoned with.  Our will can drive the outcome of our life on this earth and into the next.  If we are willing, so is God!

Just some thoughts that I couldn’t get past until I put them out there for your consideration and feedback.  I choose to be a person of faith, to act with love, kindness and generosity and not with selfishness, thoughtlessness or mean-spirited behavior.  What do you choose?  Have a blessed and prosperous day!

Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!

Be kind to somebody today and see how great it feels,
Teresa Marie