The star outside my window

Just for the record, and at the risk of sappiness, I have missed "visiting" with all of you.  I can't wait to catch up on all that's been happening in your lives.
Honestly, if you are a reader I consider you a friend and your friendship has blessed me.  As have your prayers, your comments, and your encouragement.  I have seen that there is so much good we can accomplish together in blogland for the Kingdom of God.  When we pray together in the spirit there's no end to what God can accomplish through us.  When we use our words and our comments to lift up the broken, to encourage the weary, to support those in need, we are ministering to Jesus.  
It is a beautiful thing to see.


The star outside my window

There is a star that often visits me
On days when I need most it's light
Her rays reflect His glory
Through sunshine haze and dreary nights

She often pauses on my doorstep
Peeks her smiling head inside
Then opens up some treasure
The Son willed her to confide

We talk, and laugh, and maybe cry
But always there's a warmth
The loving heat of the Son's light
It sears our minds and hearts

We've never known pretenses
Or hidden who we are
The greatest joys have all been ours
Here in the gaze of Jesus

{by me for you}

Dear Orissa,  the star outside my window,

I will miss your little visits, the prayers, the listening to God's heartbeat together on my front porch swing.  But I am so excited about where you are going, my little star.  You will be walking in his heart beats, shining His love on faces that hunger for Jesus.  And you will return even brighter than before.  Because you will have been that much closer to the Son.

I love you.

You can visit my star next door, Orissa, at her blog where she will be journaling her year long mission trip as a student midwife to the nations.  You just have to read this post of hers.  It's beautiful beyond description (and trust me, there's more where it came from).  Please keep her in your prayers!

**And just in case you were wondering, my hubby and I's anniversary was beyond imagination the most wonderful one and a half days of our married life this far.  Bar none.  I will definitely be posting the pics soon :o)


Erica said...

what a beautiful poem! and i'm glad you had a fun anniversary! thanks for stopping by my page, i am going to "friend" you as well :) can't wait to see pictures!

Melissa said...

What a touching poem you have written...God has blessed you with a wonderful gift of touching peopleds hearts.

Drahdrah said...

So glad you had a great anniversary. Welcome back. Beautiful poem. I'm going to check out Odessa's blog in a while.

He And Me + 3 said...

That was beautiful. Love that picture of you two. Blessings to Orissa on her mission.
So glad your anniversary was so great.

mimi said...

I'm so glad your anniversary was wonderful!!

It will be a pleasure to follow your star... Orissa's journey.

I feel the same way about blog friends. I have not been online much lately...I miss catching up with everyone.

Miss Anne said...

what a wonderful post dedicated to your sweet friend. no doubt her mission will not only move her heart but the hearts of others (and little ones too!)

Praise be to God for your "little stars" :)

Linda said...

Good to have you back. Thanks for missing us,...we all missed you too! ((smile))

Yes, it is indeed a pleasure and a privilege to pray for our blog friends and to encourage them too.

I have found a true ministry and pray often for the needs of my blog friends.

You included Joye.

Love, Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Joyful mom said...

Oh wow---what beautiful words straight from your heart to your friends. Absolutely stunning. I can't wait to go and have a look at her blog and to follow he journey to the Nations. I have such a heart from those who GO.

So glad you had such an amazing time with your dear hubby, can't wait to see pics when you have a moment.

Love and hugs

Darcie said...

Wow...what a beautiful poem. I agree with the other comment...you have been given such a gift of words, that makes people stop, ponder, and really think.

Thank you for sharing.

Lauren said...

I love your poetry ... seriously you need to put them in a book so I can put your book on my shelf! :) I hopped over to Orissa's blog and W.O.W!! I can't wait to read more from her --that's why I am now a follower! :) Thanks for getting the word out about your wonderful friend!

Alicia said...

Wow! That was just beautiful!!! I am going to visit her blog now too!!!

Kristin said...


I just love you! You are such a ray of light in this blog world. I totally agree with you that we all can and will accomplish great things in blog land for the Lord. I am so glad you had a good time on your trip. I can't wait to see pics. I love the picture of you and Orissa. I can't wait to hear all about her journey and I will hop over and read her posts.

Mich said...

Sweet poem.

glad you had a beautiful anniversary.

Jennifer said...

A lovely tribute to your "star."

May she "shine like a star in the universe." (From Philippians 2)

L.L. Barkat said...

Joye, so nice to have you visit Seedlings today. I'll be sure to link to your poem in our weekly poetry celebration at http://highcallingblogs.com (Stop in on Friday if you'd like to celebrate with us. :)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read more on her journey! and see your wonderful pictures...Trying not to be so jealous!..

I could not agree with you more, I beleive God turns anything to His Glory is we make ourselves available!...Blessing Friend...Shi~

Martha said...

Oh my, a poem for Orissa? She is spoiled indeed ;) I pray for her safety and I pray for her relationship with the Lord to be strengthened through this fabulous experience!!

Now hurry up and dish out the details of your anniversary <3 I don't read celebrity gossip anymore so you're my replacement :D

Dani Joy said...

What a sweet tribute to your Star friend. I think that is so wonderful! I will be checking out her blog too. Definitely.

Anniversaries are the best if you can get away and reflect and cherish each other. ignite that spark! ;)

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Joye...thank you for that beautiful poem. You are such a refreshing gift. You shine His light beautifully, and I'm so glad I met you in this blogland of ours. So much good does come from sharing and praying together to further His kingdom and to encourage one another. It is a beautiful thing...and I'm so grateful I get to be part of it. Just so you know, you were missed, as well. I'm so glad you had a blessed time with your husband. Your words put a smile on my face.

Love to you, sweet friend...

christy rose said...

Beautiful Poem Joye!

Laura said...

What a sweet tribute to your beautiful friend! What a sending blessing you have given her. Came over from L.L.'s. Just soaking in the poetry today.

Your twins are just gorgeous. I love bald-headed babies.

Claire said...

"It sears our heart and minds"

Friendships such as this are priceless.

sojourner said...

What a bright star you have for a friend - we should all strive to be like that. Sweet poem for a shining star!

Anonymous said...

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