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Monday, July 9, 2018

A Letter to my Lord


A Letter to my Lord

A Letter To My Lord I love You Jesus.  I worship and adore You. Just want to tell You, Lord I love You more than anything.  Remembering several years ago when I had internal surgery.  I prayed to You and asked that You guide the surgeon’s hands and keep me safe.  When I woke up, it appeared that everything had gone from bad to worse.  Oh, the pain and agony, the various medications, the feelings of helplessness and the torture of not being able to do much more than lay flat on my back.  I must admit, Lord, I would often grow weary and my faith was put to the test.  You remember, Jesus, when I lashed out in anger at You?  I was afraid. I did not know if I would make it through.  The fear in my children’s eyes only ensured to broaden my own fears. Through it all, Father, You were always there and have always been here for me.  You guided me, took excellent care of me and my family, and You made me well again.  Through it all, You NEVER stopped loving me.  You loved me enough to die for me.  Please forgive me for ever thinking You had turned away from me.  Because of You I am better….I am stronger….I am wiser….so much better! 

-Maurice J. Reynolds
 United States

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Submission Guidelines and Subscription Information

(A Bi-Monthly Email Poetry Publication Open To Everyone 12 Years & Up)

Publication Months
January/February
March/April
May/June
July/August
September/October
November/December

(Deadline is the 5th of the preceding month.  Ex: If submitting for the publication month of
March/April, then your submission should be in by the 5th of February)

Poems are accepted free of charge for this publication.  Unfortunately, we are unable to provide
complimentary copies or any other compensation at this time as this is a small publication.
Email Yearly Subscription is $10.00.  Individual print copies are $4.00.  Individual contributor print copies are $3.00.  Also, because the yearly email subscription is sent via email attachment in PDF, your computer must be able to download, open and view PDF files.

We are seeking poems 20 lines or less and should either be spiritual in context (including lifting up the name of Jesus) or be of a positive nature or both.  Other poetry genres accepted are as follows: haiku, nature, children’s, love, short verse, family, and the like.

No more than one poem per issue unless prior permission has been given.  The editor reserves the right to reject any poem deemed unsuitable for this publication.  We also reserve the right to correct simple grammatical errors.  Any other changes deemed appropriate, the author will be contacted for approval.   Author (creator of the poem) retains all rights to his / her work.  *If the poem is created by more than one author, each author must sign it.  

We cannot stress this enough, if sending by postal mail please include a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) with each and every submission. Also, a SASE ensures a response.  E-MAIL Submissions are preferred via attachment in Microsoft Word format or within the body of the text.

Subscriptions are for the Email Publication Only.
~Creative Inspirations~ is a division of To God be the Glory! Publications, so please make check or money order out to To God be the Glory! Publications 


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A Testimony of Healing

A Testimony Of Healing – Nila J. Webster

Because We Dreamed It


Recently, a journalist asked my opinion on the best way for doctors to break bad
news to patients.  I knew she was asking because I have terminal cancer.
Honestly, I loved the question.  The topic could not be more important.

Now that I’m approaching the fifth year anniversary of my diagnosis, I realize more
than ever that any news, either good or bad, is a golden opportunity to get to shine
our light.  When I learned I had stage IV incurable cancer, I thought of my mother,
jani johe webster.  When I was young, she would read me fairy tales of maidens
going into forests, meeting otherworldly creatures, and after many trials,
prevailing.  Why couldn’t my diagnosis be such a fairy tale?  Why, instead of doom
and gloom, couldn’t I be that maiden, going into the forest not with a sense of
dread, but with a sense of wonder?

Thanks to my magical mother and all those stories at bedtime, I was open to
seeing my cancer journey as a fairy tale.

I learned to reframe the trials of treatment.  Knowing death could happen at any
moment, I had a chance to prepare my will in a calm fashion.  Losing my hair was
an opportunity to see myself in a new light, like a monk who shaves his head in
honor of the spiritual path.  The catheter needed to drain fluid from my lung
became an instrument through which I would envision the cancer leaving my body.
The skin rash that ravaged my face became my red badge of courage.  Later, I
discovered a hidden secret:  the rash is actually a medical blessing, in that it is a
sign that the chemotherapy is working.  That was something the oncologists hadn’t
told me.

Ah, the oncologists.  As hard as I tried, I was not their favorite patient.  I asked too
many questions and was way too hopeful.  That I felt I could do something in
conjunction with chemotherapy to help my situation was a continual source of
irritation to them.  Three oncologists advised me to a different hospital.  Although I
stayed for almost five years, I eventually saw the wisdom in leaving the Cancer
Center.  They were not interested in hoping with me, or sharing a dream of the
best possible outcome.  Like any good fairy tale maiden, I continue to send them
sprinkles of rainbow light.

The fairy tale of my cancer is that this diagnosis has helped me realize who I am
and how I approach life itself:  as an incredible, indescribable gift, with joy and
sparkles, sky-jewels and shimmering pathways that lead to untold-of treasures.
Although the kingdom of Oncology was not a place I could stay, I have found
doctors who are willing to believe with me against all odds, and who envision with
me a path of continued wellness.  These doctors are like the kind fairy godmothers
we all love from the stories of old:  those who will work to grant us our wishes and
to dream our dreams with us, right into reality.

I think back to the journalist’s question and the whole idea that our lives can be
likened to fairy tales that can surpass our wildest imaginings.  Given this
perspective, there really is no bad news.  There are only golden opportunities to
envision the best, including a peaceful death and transition to what lies ahead.

My beloved mother wrote a poem that ends with the lines “because we dreamed it
/ it came true.”  For those willing to dream with me the very best, I am forever
grateful.  I am right there, dreaming too:  the dream of making our planet and our
lives more beautiful with every single step.


Nila J. Webster is the author of The Gift of You, The Gift of Me and several other
children’s books.  Since her diagnosis, she has donated over 57,000 of her books
to school children and pediatric patients around the world.  If you know of schools
or hospitals that might like to receive Nila’s books as a gift for the children they
serve, please contact Nila at nila.webster33@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Noxious Weed or Miracle Plant? by Charlene McCutcheon


Noxious Weed or Miracle Plant?

Once a sugar binge was fully in bloom,
Like a dandelion, I could not assume
I'll just cut off the top,
my cravings to stop.
The root of my cravings I have to exhume.

Ground that was hardened in the midday sun,
I learned, wouldn't release fat roots; not one.
"From work do not shrink".
"Work hard",  I used to think.
Even though digging deep was not much fun.

Softening the ground made it much easier.
The root sometimes came up all together.
Give it not a little slack
Or surely it will grow back
in drought, hail and all kinds of bad weather.

The best way to annihilate those negatives?
Kill them with "His" Roundup of positives.
"Overcome evil with good", it reads.
Truth rids ugly negative weeds.
Remember, lies grow and are like thieves.

They robbed me of coveted after peace,
bidding me come now, to comfort and ease.
Where, pleasure is the rule,
bad consequences my school.
With "His" help, I'm rid of those negatives!

Not glorying in faults or acting the martyr,
I find good in myself and with bad not barter.
A humble and contrite heart;
Is where "He" counseled I start.
Wetting my ground deep with "His living water".

Now there's room for the positive to grow.
Making it possible, the world to show,
the strong lusts of the flesh
won't crowd out my best.
Walking in the light of His love, I'm aglow.

-Charlene McCutcheon
 United States

Friday, June 1, 2018

Life Is But A Symphony

 Life Is But A Symphony

All life is but a symphony
A chord in perfect harmony,
A lovely tune, so often played.
Throughout a quiet and leafy glade.

Where color meets the eyes and stays,
Among the sunbeams displaced rays.
And chimes are heard throughout the land,
Played by and unseen Angel band.

A melody so soft and sweet,
Delight the mind and moves the feet,
To sway, entranced by nature`s power.
To waltz in time with every flower.

The rhythm of each flower in time,
A syncopated beat of rhyme,
A metronome of  heartbeats ticking,
To the little insects clicking.

Crescendos  of the trilling birds,
Throughout the forest that are heard,
Are praises sung to honored guests,
From the swell of feathered breasts.

When night must fall, and days must end,
Then sprinkling stardust will descend,
A heavenly sound that softly creeps,
Upon a tired world seeking sleep.

Then Angels sing their lullabies,
And strum their harps up in the skies.
They guard us each and every one,
Until the new day has begun.

-Yvonne Sparkes
 England

"Lesson"



I chanced to learn.

“Beauty buoyant” did appear,
   all converse, you see, by ear
   and not by eye, although it seems
   I’ll chance to see it in my dreams.

I’ll linger in such reveries.
I’ll take instruction from such Muse
as I would haste again to choose.

O beauty! teach me how to
prize sweet scent
and taste such budding dew
of blooming buoyant beauty
as was meant
to teach a heart to learn again,
   of old, of new,
      of lifting up by beauty.

-Richard C. Subber
 United States

Poetry Submission Guidelines and Subscription Information

(A Bi-Monthly Email Poetry Publication Open To Everyone 12 Years & Up)

Publication Months
January/February
March/April
May/June
July/August
September/October
November/December

(Deadline is the 5th of the preceding month.  Ex: If submitting for the publication month of
March/April, then your submission should be in by the 5th of February)

Poems are accepted free of charge for this publication.  Unfortunately, we are unable to provide
complimentary copies or any other compensation at this time as this is a small publication.
Email Yearly Subscription is $10.00.  Individual print copies are $4.00.  Individual contributor print copies are $3.00.  Also, because the yearly email subscription is sent via email attachment in PDF, your computer must be able to download, open and view PDF files.

We are seeking poems 20 lines or less and should either be spiritual in context (including lifting up the name of Jesus) or be of a positive nature or both.  Other poetry genres accepted are as follows: haiku, nature, children’s, love, short verse, family, and the like.

No more than one poem per issue unless prior permission has been given.  The editor reserves the right to reject any poem deemed unsuitable for this publication.  We also reserve the right to correct simple grammatical errors.  Any other changes deemed appropriate, the author will be contacted for approval.   Author (creator of the poem) retains all rights to his / her work.  *If the poem is created by more than one author, each author must sign it.  

We cannot stress this enough, if sending by postal mail please include a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) with each and every submission. Also, a SASE ensures a response.  E-MAIL Submissions are preferred via attachment in Microsoft Word format or within the body of the text.

Subscriptions are for the Email Publication Only.
~Creative Inspirations~ is a division of To God be the Glory! Publications, so please make check or money order out to To God be the Glory! Publications 


To God be the Glory! Publications  Attn: Poetry Submission  P.O. 19051  Kalamazoo, MI 49019

creativeinspirations01@gmail.com  
www.creativeinspirationspp.blogspot.com

******************************

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          (Subscription Information)

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*Please be advised that for the Email Subscription, your computer will need to be able to download, open, and view PDF files via email attachment, which most computers are able to do.

Print Version - Per Individual Copy
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Single Issue:                 $4.00 (U.S.) ___        $6.00 (Canada) ___     $8.00 (Foreign) ___

Name:                      _______________________________________________
Address:                  _______________________________________________
Phone (optional):     _______________________________________________
Email:                       _______________________________________________

To God be the Glory! Publications   P.O. Box 19051  Kalamazoo, MI 49019
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Please make check or money order out to: To God be the Glory! Publications.