Not the Woman I Will Be – Not the Woman I Was

LORD I shine like the stars at night
Until a horsefly lands
On my nose or
A horse steps hard
On my toes –
There goes…

LORD I celebrate each conquest
You bring into my life
But when I believe
I’ve conquered all
This is when
I fall

LORD I’m not the woman I will be
Nor the woman I was
But by your power
I’ll become
More like you
Each hour

By Carol Ann Hoel © January 28, 2011


Romans 8:28-39 (The Bible) – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (emphasis added)

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 John 3:2 (The Bible) – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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25 Responses to Not the Woman I Will Be – Not the Woman I Was

  1. JoDee Luna says:

    I love this post…the poem and the scriptures. Beautiful!


  2. nrhatch says:

    I adore the first stanza with its nose ~ toes ~ goes!

    Thanks, Carol Ann


    • Thank you, Nancy. I appreciate your visit and your comment. Years ago a horse really did step on my foot, and she refused to life her hoof until she got good and ready. Talk about pain! Blessings to you…


  3. I heard an elderly black woman say the following: “Lord, we ain’t what we should be, and we ain’t what we’re gonna be, but thank you, Lord, we ain’t what we was!”

    Great post! Says a bit about pride – did you see the poem on it that I wrote? Yours is more to the point and better, but it seems our minds have been running on parallel tracks! God bless! ~Paula


    • Thank you, Paula. Yes, I read your poem, and I commented on it. I liked it. I thought the title was cute, too. Ha! It was a very good poem, and mine wasn’t better. Thank you for stopping by. Blessings to you…


  4. Tekia says:

    When I read this, I just had to smile and shake my head from side to side because I love this post so much Carol! It is so true that we are not what will be but aren’t who we were either. Rather, we continue to grow more into His likeness as we go along. An empowering post carol, love this one too!


  5. jannatwrites says:

    Wonderful poem. It’s so true that we can’t let our guard down when we think we’ve succeeded. It’s not long before something else comes along to remind us we’ve got so much further to go 🙂


    • Blessings to you, Janna. Yes, it is true. God always knows where we are in our journey. He is patient and kind, leading us on with encouragement and grace. His love never fails, and He empowers us to make progress. Thank you for taking time to stop by.


  6. Jingle says:

    love the title,

    admirable faith and beautiful poetry.
    Happy Sunday!


  7. Jguno says:

    But by your power / I’ll become / More like you / Each hour
    Yes, at least we can try, and appreciate every minutes about what we are. Appreciating is important, it will let us becoming more like Him, I guess….


    • Jguno says:

      Ah-ha, not appreciating, thankful is more suitable, I guess…. 🙂


    • Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it, which means I am thankful for your comment. You write English very well.

      I trust God to teach me patiently to behave well. My human nature is no so inclined, but my spirit born of God desires to be more like Jesus. Celebrating our victories encourages us to continue on in the right direction. Blessings to you…


  8. flyinggma says:

    Carol, I love your gentle reminders of past, present and our future. I often feel as though I should look over my shoulder to see what is coming to knock me off my feet when things are going well. I still struggle with trying to take care of things myself instead of relying on God, only handing them off to Him when I have totally messed things up.

    My husband often quotes something like “the things that you worry about won’t be the things that get you, it will be the things you don’t see coming.”


    • Jeanne, I believe I’ve been chided by my husband for worrying about things that probably will never happen, too. We learn slowly perhaps, but we learn. Sometimes looking carefully back over the years, recalling my ways, I am able to realize that I’m getting wiser as I live longer. I am impatient with myself, but God is long suffering. He knows what he got when He formed me in my mother’s womb. In fact, He knew earlier than that, so says the Bible. Our all-knowing God does not have unrealistic expectations of us, and, He knows how to move us along to our destiny. Blessings to you…


  9. trisha says:

    we will never be what we want to be but god will certainly save the day for us.


    • Yes, He will. You are right about that. When we walk through the valley, the LORD is with us. On the mountain tops, the LORD is with us, leading, guiding, and loving… Thank you for your sweet comment, Trisha. Blessings to you…


  10. Noel says:

    I love the way you use few words to say so much! We are truly always changing, never being the same, but hopefully becoming more and more like Jesus. thank you for sharing.


  11. Chloe says:

    Just wonderful Carol 😀

    I’m so glad I visited your blog this morning – it has lifted my soul. Thank you!! xx


  12. pattisj says:

    Always growing, ever-changing to be more like Him. Good poem, Carol.


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