Each poem is designed to speak directly to the reader’s heart for inspiration and encouragement, giving hope to enhance your spiritual life. The perspectives are thought-provoking, uplifting, glorious, and insightful. The prayer nuggets are full of wisdom, and each one demonstrates concisely how powerful the weapon of prayer is to use for spiritual warfare.
Many people influenced my desire to write poetry. My mother wrote poetry and set a good example. My father was a language professor at a university, and the major discussions during our meals concerned words.
My musical training made it natural to think of poetry as the music of words and to see the rhythm and rhyme in the use of words. Several poems were written while I was growing up, but serious writing came later.
Years later, while on an automobile trip with my husband and children in the western U.S., we visited with many of our friends and relatives—I wrote thank-you notes to them in poetry. Other inspiration came from life’s experiences, such as watching wildlife, meeting other people, being with family, and seeing the effects of aging.
One poem was inspired by talking to a Japanese lady about forgiveness, love, and acceptance. After fifty years of marriage, many people asked for marriage advice, which I explained in a poem called “Marriage Advice.” My poems have appeared in the yearly publications of the International Library of Poetry, as well as in the World of Poetry anthology. A music publisher in Nashville, Tennessee saw some of my poems and has set some to music and put them on CDs. One of the latest is “Marriage Advice,” which says to put Jesus in the center of your life and pray. My first book of poetry, entitled Reflections, was published in 1994 by Carlton Press.
Sharing a Gift is a collection of poetry that will inspire and uplift the heart. It is poetry that deals with the true challenges and blessings of life. It is written for the young and old alike with inspired words that will leave you shaking your head in agreement, and praising God for being just who He said He would be. Sharing a Gift will leave you feeling understood and empowered. It will help you realize that you are not alone in the twists and turns of life. Margie Shade Nelson makes the message very clear that God is always there.
This collection of poems and commentaries is suitable for both devotional meditations and personal ministry. Individually, each poem has comforted countless souls on their spiritual pilgrimage. Brought together in this edition, they encompass a variety of subjects capable of encouraging and inspiring both saint and sinner.
The serious reader will appreciate the spiritual concepts and enduring truths contained in each poem. The commentaries will spark reflective thought as each expose a specific insight gained from the preceding verses.
You Need a Friend, in part or whole, is also a ministering tool for anyone desiring to share their Christian experience with family, friends, or acquaintances. So take a peek inside the covers. You’ll discover dozens of “golden nuggets” waiting to uplift a discouraged, hurt, or troubled child of faith. On the other hand, you will find several poems and commentaries that you can share comfortably with individuals outside the body of Christ that warn of the dangers in delay and of the impending judgment to come.
So dig deep. Precious gems are rarely found on the surface, and a casual glance directed at the Savior of mankind will not suffice in this corrupt and dying world. Stay close to Jesus, your redeemer and guide. In all the storms of life, He will be there for you, for He knows you by name. He has compassion on your circumstances, and He knows You Need a Friend.
Fear is a poetic sequence of events in one man’s life, beginning with the discovery of his unconditional love for his child, the loss of that child, his descent into depression, anxiety and panic disorder, guilt complex, and prescription drug addiction as a result of that loss, and his gradual recovery. He is now able to forgive himself of his guilt for this loss, love again, and regain his ability to live his life with a new commitment to Christ..
Poetry is powerful; it expresses feelings and insight in and through everyday moments. This book brings poetry and art together in many forms. It seeks to encourage and inspire your heart and encourage you in all areas of your life. This book is something different—something special!
“Sherri is a multitalented whirlwind of creativity with a heart of gold! As a writer and artist, she creates with anointed simplicity, touching on issues of the heart, soul, and spirit. The book you are holding in your hands brings together these two gifts in a delightful duet that is nothing short of treasure.” —Dianne J. Wilson, freelance writer and author, South Africa
“Thank you, Sherri, for sharing your gifts of art and the blessings of words God has placed in your heart. I believe your writings and art touch a deep place in all of our souls. To God be the Glory.” —Kelly Burnett, special projects director for Anita Carman, Inspire Women
“This is a wonderful book. … Tender, thought-provoking, and deep in places. It’s blimming (British emphasis!) good and compelling. Once you have started, it takes you till the end.” —Michael O’Brien, Kingdom Connections International; Apostle in Government, Ministry, and Business
Heartfelt memories are painted across the pages, as the author transforms everyday experiences into inspiring poetry.
The poems relive our ordinary experiences and the rhythm of our lives. There are poems about babies, children, teenagers, family, fathers, and mothers. There are also poetic renderings of the holidays throughout the year. One poem is entitled, “A Mother Isn't Needed Much, Except …” A shorter poem about mothers is: TO BE A MOTHER A precious calling to women who can train up children strong and true. A mother is a special jewel that shines With Godly love, Reflecting how God meets our needs With blessings from above.
This book of poems was written to encourage the body of Christ, “to walk by faith not by sight”. I had to encourage myself in the Lord and trust God when I could not trace Him.
After forty years of being a slave to the wishes of Masters Fear and Doubt, blinded to the Truth and tired of a life that was neither Spirit-filled nor Spirit-led, I purposely went seeking God for a deeper, more meaningful relationship.
This led to spiritual warfare! I was attacked and threatened; accusations of all sorts were hurled at me, leaving me depressed, discouraged, and disappointed. It was a spiritual wrestling match—a war of words between both parties, for I was determined to put my faith in God’s faithfulness rather than succumb to fear and doubt.
I started writing. Everything that was going on in my mind, my body, my spirit, and my soul, I committed to pen and paper while crying out to God for deliverance.
My deliverance came as I wrote—listening to the Word of God, studying, memorizing, and meditating. That was my secret weapon! This gave me courage, boldness and inner strength. I now understand that, we walk by faith and not by sight.
This book is full of poems, love songs, gospel songs, short stories, and a little bit of everything. It was designed to encourage the go-getters to move out and master success, to be the best. The sky is the limit of what you can have if you apply yourself. It warns how tricky the enemy can be, in the form of poetry. One must read with an open mind, knowing that it is an author’s point of view but so true. It was designed to change to attitudes of the oppressor or troublemaker, to turn the minds around from wrong to right by sharing to consequences of wrongdoing.