Everything Real is a book of poems packed with real-life experiences of a young girl growing up and finding her way to the loving arms of God. The poems speak of times of hardships to times of joy. Everyone, young and old alike, can gather inspiration from such a book.
Must Have Meant Something to Me
I walked into a place of darkness,
Full of guilt and shame.;
It seemed like every time I tried to serve the Lord.
The devil screamed my name.;
I asked the Lord what He wanted with me.
After all, who was I?
The Lord answered me and said,
“You are the apple of my eye.”
Jesus reminded me of the time in the Bible
When He calmed the sea.
Jesus called my name
And told me all He had done for me.
As unworthy as I think I am,
He disagrees persistently.
He says, “I died on the cross for you,
So you must have meant something to Me.”
Natalie Mahne was born in 1989 as a healthy baby weighing seven pounds. However, by six months of age, Natalie had acquired an immune deficiency and had to receive gamma globulin for the next ten years. As a baby, she received six shots in her bottom, every three weeks. By the time she was a three-year-old, she was no stranger to IV injections of gamma globulin every three weeks.
At night, Natalie did not sleep more than two hours at a time. She was not being bad. She just had insomnia. Her dad figured up that I had rocked Natalie in a rocking chair for an amount equal to six months during those first three years. Natalie’s immunity problems continued for ten years.
I knew God was shaping Natalie’s character and personality during this time. It was also changing me. When Natalie started school, she wanted to take a box of bandages with her for classmates who had “boo-boos” on the playground. At times, she would wrap up an item that was at the house and ask if she could take it to someone who was not feeling good.
On our drive home, she asked me one day if I could hear angels singing. I was a little startled and told her no. She said, “I do. I hear them right now.” Then she asked me if I had a piece of paper that she could write on. I tore a page out of the back of my checkbook. She proceeded to write a poem about Jesus.
These writings started when she was five years old and continued through the age of about twelve. I kept all of the original papers; some were just scrap pieces of paper or whatever she could find to write on at the time. All of the writings were about Jesus and God.
I have wanted for years to publish her poems. I felt that they would be an encouragement to other people and that people would be blessed from reading them.
Natalie also has some artistic ability she inherited from her dad. We decided to put the artwork with the writings, to create a coloring book.
I believe because of Natalie’s illness, God planted a seed in Natalie’s mind and heart to have a desire to work within the medical field. She became an EMT and worked for three years in that capacity full time. Then she graduated and became a registered respiratory therapist. She currently works for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. They are having their hundredth anniversary. Natalie and I are compiling her work to create this coloring book that will bring praise to the Lord and encourage children and their parents. We want all of the proceeds from the book to go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Finding Home is a book from a new voice in poetry. The poems are about home, nature, love, places in America, and a view of the plight of Christians in the world today. If your heart ever hearkens back to a simpler time and home, Finding Home will touch you in a way that poetry has not before.
I pray that this book will bring about a healing in the mind, body, and soul of your people. I pray it will cause people to allow God to rebuild, reshape, and stir up their hidden gifts and talents that lie within them. I pray that the Word of God will come alive within you. Just know it’s all for your good, God will get the glory out of this. So don’t let any obstacles stand in your way of fulfilling the will of the Father. You can live life more abundantly when you seek to please Him. Only you can be all that God has called you to be.
Offerings is a collection of Christian inspirational poetry by Steve Neiheisel. These poems are about people and places. These poems are about experiences and issues surrounding the world today.
This book contains spiritual poetry written to inspire those who want a spiritual uplift through words.
Written to evoke thought and intentional reading, timeless truths fill these pages, as well as probing questions of the heart. Inspired chiefly by the veracity of Scripture, this book sets verses to rhyme, brings out meaning in a personal way, and contains marked spiritual observations. As wide as the spectrum of human emotion, so the tone of each poem weaves its own individuality. There are poems of joy, sorrow, redemption, justice, and faith. The contouring line that binds this book together is its dependency upon experience through verity. Therefore, truth, no matter its form, remains the theme throughout the reader’s journey.
God wants communication with those He calls His own. He loves to speak to His children and spend time with them.
Everything that happens in our lives, from friends and family to circumstances and problems and other things that bring teachable moments in God’s love, are ways He speaks to us.
A Scripture in Psalms says, “What man is he that fears the Lord, Him shall He teach in the ways that He shall choose.”
God allows me to put into poetry form our conversations and my well-taught lessons. He puts time and energy in to change me to be more like Him. There is always a learning point in each one.
A lesson from time with Him can be as simple as the birds and flowers that He so tenderly cares for or a long-lasting storm that reminds me of my own stubbornness or persistence.
God is very faithful and merciful in His dealings with us and makes it well known that He is more about love than punishment for all the things we do wrong.
He wants us to love Him and trust Him as much as He loves and cares for us. He wants our time with Him to be the most valued and important part of our lives. It makes it easier to deal with all the other facets that combine to make us who we are in Him.
The best thing about God speaking to me and teaching me is that when I have experienced what He is doing in me and enjoying the results, I look forward to our next conversation. Learning and changing our relationship with God is worth more than anything else you can find in life.
Life has its way of dictating to us a direction that may not be best. The dictation comes from expexted participation in society and our experiences. The best life direction has to include God’s divine plan for our certainty of peace and happiness. Most do not see or realize God’s plan until a series of mistakes open doors to true reality.
Two such individuals experienced this life-changing direction at an unexpected time during the winter years of their lives. The prose within tells of this direction and their findings. Although not searching or seeking , life’s circumstances directed each of them on a path always desired, yet never attained until each stopped trying themselves, and allowed God’s true direction to lead.
“This poetry will inspire the reader for years to come. Its reality of finding real love in the winter years of life is truly refreshing.”
—Mattie Hughes, Teacher
Polished is a collection of poems born from more than thirty years of exploring and wandering the wild trails and rivers of the Colorado Plateau. Collectively, the poems paint an exuberant, image-rich story of a curious, observant young man seeking moments of wonder and beauty in his wild backyard. Sometimes reverent, sometimes joyful; always colorful and vivid.