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Encourage One Another
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 by Jerolyn Lockhart

Nothing pleases the heart of a writer more than to know that their work has had an impact. When I feel as though I’m not making any progress in my writing, I come across a thank you note written long ago or an email from a reader who has just discovered my work. Both are treasured. But I think the comments that mean the most are those from people who are undergoing difficult times or illness. Sometimes one of my poems or other pieces has helped someone just when they’ve needed it; and their taking the time to write and comment on my work inspires me to keep writing. The thought that God could use me to touch the hearts of those in distress is both humbling and encouraging.

I rediscovered a thank you note the other day that brought memories of a dear lady that had been gifted my book, Egrets Rise, as she battled cancer. Though she lost her battle here on earth, her life and kindness are remembered fondly. I’d like to share with you the poem she mentioned in her note.

Garden Rest

I just want to sit in your garden
  listen to the gentle breeze
  feel the quiet moment

I want to rest my mind
  breathe in the beauty
  see nothing but peace

Refresh my spirit, O Lord
  pour out your still water
  let me lie in the cool grass
            of your love

(from Egrets Rise by Jerolyn Lockhart)

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Judythe Morgan From Rose Hill, Texas At 12/8/2021 1:31:56 PM

I can so relate to what you say. Nothing is more gratifying than having someone tell me they read one of my books and the story touched their heart. It's the greatest experience an author can have.

Reply by: Jeroyn Lockhart

Thanks for taking the time to stop in, Judythe! God bless you this Christmas season!

Penny Zeller From small town, USA At 12/8/2021 11:46:42 AM

Hello Jerolyn! What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing of the Lord's goodness through your gift of poetry. Have a blessed Christmas season!

Reply by: Jeroyn Lockhart

Thank you for stopping by with an encouraging word, Penny! God bless you this Christmas season!

Becky Van Vleet From Colorado At 12/8/2021 11:45:24 AM

Hi Jerolyn, I'm a friend of Patti's and I heard about your website. Woo-hoo, it looks great. I enjoyed navigating through your website and learning about who you are and how you minister to others through your poetry.

Reply by: Jeroyn Lockhart

Thank you, Becky! I have an awesome web designer with a heart for God. God bless you this Christmas season!

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 12/8/2021 2:51:10 AM

HI Jerolyn! I'm so excited to see your website up. I agree that it is a blessing when God allows us to minister to others with our written words. I'm sure there are many out there whose lives you have touched with your poetry that you don't even know about!

Reply by: Jeroyn Lockhart

Thank you, Patti!


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