The Best Is Yet and Forever

I watch you shine in my life
As You fill my heart with hope
My days with pleasure spill over
I thank you LORD for your favor

All this is but the beginning
I praise You LORD of my life
The best is yet and forever flows
The crystal river of life

I watch you change my sorrows
From pain to bright tomorrows
I sense your presence within me
LORD I thank you for caring for me

All this is but the beginning
I praise You LORD of my life
The best is yet and forever flows
The crystal river of life

A spot in eternity this life is
A flash to grasp and let go
Lamb conquers death triumphantly
Splits the cocoon for the butterfly

All this is but the beginning
I praise You LORD of my life
The best is yet and forever flows
The crystal river of life

By Carol Ann Hoel © January 9, 2011

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Revelation 22:1-7 – (The Bible) And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

About Carol Ann Hoel

The new me - Carol Ann. More suitably said, the old me in new circumstances of life. Again. My history has developed in parts and chapters. In person, I am Wife, Mom, Grandma, Author, and Writer, in that order, more or less. Life is good because God is good.
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37 Responses to The Best Is Yet and Forever

  1. theonlycin says:

    Beautiful writing.

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  2. trisha says:

    What a blessed feeling it is when we know the words of your poem from heart- we can feel it with every breath.

    you truly are an angel.
    lots of love.

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    • Thank you, Trisha. We can rest in the promises of God reveals in the Word of God, the Bible, to encourage us, to give us assurance and hope. I appreciate your kind words. Much love to you, my dear friend. Blessings in 2011 and everyday…

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  3. suzicate says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

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  4. nrhatch says:

    Life is easier when hope fills our hearts. 🙂

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  5. Patricia says:

    Your heart speaks beautifully. Thank you for sharing your gift.

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  6. planejaner says:

    like a deep breath, much needed this morning…lovely, pure, true.
    blessings
    jane

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    • Thank you for taking time to stop by, Jane. You write so many more posts than I do. How do you do it so well, and still have time to comment for others? You are amazing. Blessings to you, always…

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      • planejaner says:

        Carol Ann–
        Let’s just say…I write when I can/as I can…how I can…also, I am not a caregiver like you are! 🙂 I mean, mother, sure…but my challenges must be much different than yours.
        It is a joy of mine to stick close to the blogs (people) I care about–so, “finding the time” is actually a selfish blessing for me
        so. there you go.
        blessings back at you!
        jane

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      • I still think you’re amazing. 🙂

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  7. lbdiamond says:

    Lovely! You truly have the gift of words. How wonderful that you share it with the world! 😉

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    • I’ve been writing for many years as a way of expressing my feelings, but I enjoy it more when I can share it with other people. Now finding photos to go with it, makes it more of a challenge. I am enjoying it. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and for your encouraging comments. Blessings to you, Laura…

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  8. Laura Best says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  9. Chloe says:

    Another beautiful poem – I love the verse, but also these words “I watch you change my sorrows From pain to bright tomorrows” – to me, that pretty much captures the joy of knowing that there is a purpose to life…

    Blessings to you Carol xx

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    • I agree. There is a purpose in life. It’s a joy to see something that looks like a bad thing turn out to bring benefit. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments. Have a blessed journey through the virtual world and the real world today, too…

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  10. Sometimes we don’t see those sorrows being changed until we look back from tomorrow’s perspective, but there is hope in God’s promise to be there for us. Thank you once again for sharing your beautifully worded thoughts.

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    • Thank you for your wise comment, Carol. Yes, it is usually from looking back that we see the truth of better tomorrows coming from yesterday’s troubles. I’ve seen it from hindsight more readily. I remind myself of this when challenges come. I strive to keep my eyes on focused on His faithfulness. Blessings to you now and always…

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  11. buttercup600 says:

    How I have missed visiting here my friend….May 2011 shine only golden rays on your soul. Biggest hugs xoxoxox

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    • Amanda, I’m glad to see you here again. Welcome back to Cyberspace, my dear friend. I’ve missed you much, very much. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you have been enjoying life during your absence and are now ready to come back to us. Blessings to you in 2011 and always…

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  12. jannatwrites says:

    Every line speaks of the appreciation of all He has done (and will do). Beautiful poem, Carol. Thank you for sharing it 🙂

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  13. This is lovely, Carol Ann. Reading your post today really lifted my spirit. Thank you for sharing your insightful poems.

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  14. Jingle says:

    sweet and smart words…
    well done.
    🙂

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  15. fivecats says:

    While Revelation bothers a few, in many ways it offers the reassurance that is needed, especially in troubled times, that God is always nearby. I especially like “… there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light …”.

    Many blessings.

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  16. Bonnie says:

    A beautiful and most befitting tribute to our Lord, Carol Ann – for what we’ve received so far and for what all is to come from Him in the future. Blessings to you, my dear friend.

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  17. We all have the need for hope embedded in our DNA- what an unfathomable future we have to hope for.

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    • Yes, we all need hope. And you are right. We do have an unfathomable future waiting for us. I get excited just thinking about it. Life is an adventure that gets more dangerous, more rewarding, and more profoundly glorious as we climb the mountain of possibility set before us. Blessings to you, Zoe, mountain climber…

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