Whom the LORD Loves…

Hope – my soul’s manna
Brings springtime in my spirit
The silent sweet commencement
Of holy expectations borne
On wings of rising faith

I see you separate the clouds
I see sunshine bathing wounds
Festered feelings healing
Dying spirits alive again
My heart leaps within

Bruises you caused in love

To set your beloved free
Fade now but instead of scars
Blossoming in beauty I see
Your image more perfectly

Your long awaited harvest comes
Your reapers gently haul it in
There’s none like you LORD
Who saves the souls of the
Children of men

My heart you comfort once again
My spirit soars – my heart embraces
The range of your mercy and grace –
I ponder this within as praise hastens
Whom the LORD loves He chastens

Amen Selah!

By Carol Ann Hoel © January 25, 2011


Hebrews 12:6-11 – For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives. If ye endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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26 Responses to Whom the LORD Loves…

  1. What a lovely praise to our Father God! I will come back to visit your blog again. You definitely have a gift. Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent with the world! May God bless and keep you!


    • Thank you, Linda. I appreciate your visit and your kind words. I clicked the link to your web page and signed your guestbook. Beautiful page with a blessed testimony of your love for God. Blessings to you…


  2. elizabethre says:

    Carol Ann, You have such a way with the word.
    I love reading your poetry. It is obvious you have
    a beautiful relationship with the Lord.


  3. Tekia says:

    Love this beautiful post and praise Carol. He is a merciful but just God and because He is just, He will punish our sins like the father he is that we may learn to walk upright :-). Love it!


  4. planejaner says:

    This one resonates…vibrates…hums with the goodness that is God.
    really beautiful…and I am so happy I am a child of God.


  5. As a chastened child we so often pout at being stopped in our tracks. But when we realize that the chastening means God loves us enough to care how we live, it puts it all into a new perspective. God is good indeed!


    • Yes, God is good. He is indescribably past wonderful and awesome; He is divine. I’ve seen some good signs in my family, my son and my daughter and grandchildren. I could hear the LORD saying to me, didn’t I tell you to wait and watch? I hope the darkest days are past, but I’ll keep waiting and watching. Blessings to you, Carol…


  6. jacsprat says:

    I love the freshness and light you’ve infused into this poem with phrases like “springtime in my spirit” and “I see sunshine bathing wounds.” You do a wonderful job describing the abundant life we can have in Jesus. 🙂


  7. Even when we’re all ‘grown up’ we’re still children needing that loving correction. Guess this is one way in which we never really grow up.


    • I am blessed to see you here this morning, Zoe. Yes, I think you are right. We will always need correction, less perhaps as years pass, until the day we are changed when the LORD comes. Below is a description of the time we call the rapture when Jesus returns in the clouds to pull believers out before the commencement of the Tribulation. We won’t need chastisement after this. There is so much in the Bible. I wish I could show more of it. It is amazing how much the Bible has to say and how awesome the future is. There is so much to look forward to.

      1 Corinthians 15:51-53 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.


  8. Trisha says:

    pure heaven, i wish i could show how much your divine posts soothe my soul. your faith on god is as beautiful as you are my angel friend.


    • I’m thankful to see you here every time you come. Your words are honey from a honeycomb, because your heart seeks after God. May your seeking be rewarded with precious revelation of all the truth that God has revealed throughout the ages. There is only goodness in God. There is no flaw. The heart of Jesus led Him to the cross to bear our sins. The Father has spoken reward for Him, giving Jesus all souls that trust in Him. He will reign forever as King of kings and LORD of Lords. May you reign with Him, Trisha. My prayers are always for you. Blessings today and always…


  9. Bonnie says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Carol Ann. I love how you reference the scripture that inspired your poem, I always look forward to that. Blessings to you, my friend….


    • Blessings to you, Bonnie. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I want everyone to know how wonderful the Bible is and that our hope is written plainly in the Word. The Bible is amazing and tells of Jesus from Genesis to Revelations. All our hopes are written in it, all the promises, principles, all the ways of God we can know, and He wants us to know and grow. Your comment blesses me, Bonnie. I thank God for you.


  10. flyinggma says:

    It’s hard to be in a time of chastisement but oh the sweet reunion afterwards….


  11. Epics Wife says:

    I have to say these lines are my favorite
    “I see you separate the clouds
    I see sunshine bathing wounds”
    and they match the picture you posted next to it perfectly !
    So inspiring !!!
    Thanks for all the wonderful comments on my site !!


  12. amkuska says:

    Carol…how perfect to see this post right after the one about the little girl in my blog. It’s just wonderful. 🙂


  13. Chloe says:

    Carol – your words here are just as beautiful and soothing as always. Blessings to you my sweet friend!

    Chloe xx


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