Better Times (edited)

Year 2008 steps into the ring
Bam! Knocked down as
Real estate bubble bursts
Banks fold
Stocks slide
Hopes burn
Jobs go

Year 2009 steps into the ring
Bam! Knocked down as
Foreclosures boom
Troubles loom
Homeless swoon
Future is

Year 2010 jumps in
Experts said
Recession ended

No one knows
Where it went
Jobs are few
Nothing’s new but
Foreclosure stew
How’s it working
For you

Year 2011 coming soon
What will happen as
We start the year
Wall Street Players
Moms and dads
Boys and girls
Are better times

Year 2011
We are waiting for you
May God bless you
With hope
Fill you with riches
Make your ears ring
With joy bells
And laughter

Our Father
In Heaven
Bless 2011
As only You
Can do
In the name of
Jesus we pray

It’s me again Lord
With a post script
We want to thank you
Father in Heaven
For the many blessings
Of these past years
For your mercy and grace

You didn’t allow
The monster killer recession
To consume us
Or destroy us

We thank you
For your Spirit that restrains
Your power unfettered
Your love unfailing
And we humbly wait
For your gifts to us
In the year of our hope
This Year 2011

By Carol Ann Hoel © December 28, 2010


Psalm 95:1-7 – O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand…

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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30 Responses to Better Times (edited)

  1. trisha says:

    my prayers are joining yours. May this year bring hope and prosperity to every human being’s life.


  2. lbdiamond says:

    Hi Carol Ann! I’m glad my post about goals has inspired you! 😀

    I am inspired also by your quotes and poems! Thank you!


  3. planejaner says:

    Carol Ann–
    I am feeling a hopefulness about the coming year…
    you captured the last few years beautifully–and the promise that only God can fulfill.
    thank you!


    • I, also, believe things may improve this year. My earnest prayer is that our nation and the world will be blessed with prosperity of every kind. God answers prayer, so He will bless. I hope we will recognize his blessing. Sometimes blessings come in the form of correction. Perhaps our season of correction is about to give way to a season of rejoicing. God is good and He will accomplish His purpose. Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your spirit of hope. Surely a spirit of hope comes from our God of all hope. Thank you, Jane. And blessings to you always…


  4. Jingle says:


    as years go by,
    you learn and fly
    Bless you.
    happy 2011…


  5. Happy New Year, Carol Ann. We never know what awaits us just around the corner, but we always know Who is there already.


    • You are right, Zoe. Jesus has always been there for me, always, through tough times and good times. And the testimony you just gave in your comment says God has always been there for you. Yet there is such misery all around us that breaks our hearts. I know God cares and waits for our prayers. He inspires our prayers and then acts on our behalf for others. We must cry out for them.


  6. trisha says:

    hope you had a marvelous first day of the year 🙂


    • Thank you, Trisha. My first day of the year is just beginning. It’s fascinating living on opposite sides of the globe. I like seeing the people all over the world celebrating the midnight hour at slightly different moments because of that strange thing called time. I hope your first day was wonderful, too. Our sunlight hour began a few hours ago and we look forward to a great day. Blessings to you always, Trisha.


  7. fivecats says:

    This, too, is our hope for a better year for all. Challenges will be for certain. God will hear prayers for strength and guidance, and grant them through His unseen ways.

    May you and your husband have a blessed 2011.


    • Thank you so much, fivecats. We wish you and yours a blessed year, too. You are so right that God will hear our prayers and grant them through His unseen ways. Thank you for stopping by. Blessings always…


  8. Chloe says:

    Hi Carol – this poem is wonderful – I loved it 😀 Thanks for sharing.

    Here’s to a wonderful 2011 xx


  9. nrhatch says:

    Wonderful post, Carol Ann!
    Here’s to the possibility that resides in uncertainty. 🙂

    Happy New Year.


  10. tekia says:

    This speaks to the fact that it is the storm that is the crucible for whether or not we choose to rejoice in the mist of our storms or only when things are popping up daisies. Anyone can sing a tune at noon (as my pastor says), but it is when we give praise in the midst of the storm that demonstrates steadfast faith. A wonderful post indeed Carol. Let us thank God for his mercies and grace and for the coming blessings despite all that has happened. Great post friend 🙂


    • Thank you so much for your insightful comment. God is good all the time. Sometimes we may not understand, but we may confidently praise Him. Thank you for the ping back. I approved it from my iPhone. I hope I did it correctly. Blessings to you, Te’Kia…


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  12. Bonnie says:

    Excellent poem on the new year, Carol Ann. Blessings to you, my friend.


  13. Epics Wife says:

    Very well written and very inspiring!! I hope the best for you this new year !! Thanks for the comments to my site and I hope I can continue to inspire as much as you have inspired me!!


    • Welcome, Epics Wife! Thank you for stopping by and leaving an encouraging comment. Your blog is always inspiring and your photography delightful. I enjoy my to visits your site. Thank you for sharing your art with others. Blessings to you…


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