Tuesday, December 06, 2016

When people make you cry

When people make you cry, forgive them
For they are the losers in the end
They have missed a chance to encourage
A truly wonderful friend.
When family makes you cry
It is really sad to say
There's nothing you can do
If they are prone to be that way!
Just love them anyway
And make it a point to be
Always the first with love
At any opportunity!
And even if it seems to be
A losing battle to you now
You will be the winner in the end
Some day, somewhere ...somehow!
Never rush to be the one
Who has the cutting remark
But rather be the one to rush ahead
To help heal a hurting heart!
Thena Smith

Saturday, August 27, 2016


 
God Loves You

Sometimes we feel so out of it
So close to hurt and despair
That we wonder if God listens
And if He hears our prayer.
Just because He doesn’t always answer
In the way we want Him to
Doesn’t mean He doesn’t answer
In the way that’s best for you.
He knows and sees the future
And knows what is ahead of us each day
So we just have to trust in Him
And His answer when we pray.
Just know that the Father loves you
And wants you to know
And each day He sends you angels
In the shape of loving friends
Just to tell you so!

Thena
The Road that Brought Me Here

I didn’t always understand
Why certain things happened
Even as a little kid
It seems some of the things I did
Should have worked out differently
Than they did for me.
Time went on and still I tried my best
Sometimes passing and sometimes failing
At life’s little tests.
I always tried to be upbeat
As we moved from the country into town
Faced life with mostly smiles
Trying not to give place to a frown.
Sometimes sadness and sorrow
Were too close by and got me down
But I was picked up again
By my loved ones who were around.
I’ve never been one to give place to depression
And always been the first to find a reason to cheer
That’s why I praise the Father up above
For the the road that brought me here.

Thena

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Bless’em Lord



Sometimes I look around me
And feel overwhelmed by the pain I see
I am startled by the hunger in our land-
The stress and poverty.
I see in shock the anger, the crime
And the hate that some people display
And yet there are such loving folks
Scattered still along life's way.
Folks who do good in spite
Of all the wars, lies and evil
Honest and God-fearing people-
Folks who to please the Father
Daily try so hard
And sometimes my only prayer
Is "Oh, Please bless'em Lord!
Thena

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

When Youth is Gone





I have some questions from my younger friends
That I hesitate to mention
But hiding the true facts of old age
Was surely not my intention!

When silver first appears in your hair
You might think it is quite stunning
A little highlighting near your brow
Is considered quite becoming!

The slower pace that you now use
Still gets you where you’re going
Although it is much more difficult
To walk outdoors when it is snowing.

Your eyesight once so sharp and fine
That you could read billboards across the state
Today demand things classified in “focals”
And big print you now appreciate!

Your frame once so thin and svelte
Admired by those who  knew you
Now seems to have become a bit rotund
And is a slight embarrassment to you.

Gravity has its own punishment for us
As we advance in years and maturity
That you might wrinkle here and there
I can advise with surety.

But even with the trials of age
The wrinkles and the graying
That wonderful memories of a life well loved
Is the main thing that I’m saying!
Thena Cullen Smith



I Will Praise You

I will praise you, Lord
Though rivers rise
And oceans roar
Daily I will love you more.
I will praise you Lord
And You alone
Seeking you daily
As I kneel before your throne
Sending my prayers
My praise and my love
To my Creator, my Savior
Who dwells above.
I will praise you Lord!
Thena
Oh Lord I know You work each day
In ways we may not see
I praise you Lord for all You've done

For the likes of me!
I thank you for the things I see
And for those yet to be!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

In Defense of ...



I have some friends,
And I say this in their defense,
That have never gotten those horrid splinters
From sitting on a fence.
Therefore they have never learned
That fence sitters can also get burned
From those on either side of the gate
Those who defend and those who debate.
By the time they try to retreat
It is often too late
And neither side
 their words
       can appreciate

Sitting on the Fence




When I lived on the farm
We had a cool wooden fence
Which over the years became
Weathered and splintered.
I found out the hard way
That one gets themselves
Gently off a splintered fence.
Perhaps that is why in things
Such as my faith
And my politics
I don’t even try to sit
On a splintered fence…
Thena

Every Beating Heart

Remember that everyone with a beating heart
Has hurts and fears and pain
Some may speak of it with others
While some may refrain
And you will never hear them complain.
Some have pains so intense that they cannot bear
To mention the intensity except to God in prayer.
So when you feel God's nudge to pray
Do not ignore the Master's touch
For your prayer for those you may not ever know
Can mean so very much.
Ask God to speak to you in the midnight hours
When all is quiet and still
To stir your spirit and your heart
And give you strength, wisdom
And courage to do His will.
God Loves You

Sometimes we feel so out of it
So close to hurt and despair
That we wonder if God listens
And if He hears our prayer.
Just because He doesn’t always answer
In the way we want Him to
Doesn’t mean He doesn’t answer
In the way that’s best for you.
He knows and sees the future
And knows what is ahead of us each day
So we just have to trust in Him
And His answer when we pray.
Just know that the Father loves you
And wants you to know
And each day He sends you angels
In the shape of loving friends
Just to tell you so!

Thena

Why I Weep


My eyes were filled with tears one day
And I knew not why I was crying.
But when the news came on that night
I saw so many people dying...
I found myself feeling sad one night
And nothing was going wrong
And then I heard some rap on TV

That which now passed as song.
What happened to the words of love
That once came from teens who sang?
Their hate for other human beings

Now those lyrics proudly proclaim.
I found myself in pain one day
When I had no illness to explain
But knew it was to remind me
To pray for those around the world
Who are in despair and  pain.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

When you are hurting and in distress
And think no one cares
You have no idea how many saints on earth
God has lifting you up in their prayers.
As Long as I'm in God's Hands

As long as I'm in God's hands
I will not worry and fret
For He formed me in the womb
And has not failed me yet.

As long as I'm in God's hands
No enemy can win over me
For God holds me close to Him
And will bring me victory.

The world around me may crumble
Governments rise and fall
But no matter what man may say
God is the ruler over all!

Daily I will pray to Him
For the strength I need to stand
And daily will I praise Him
That He keeps me in His Hand.
Thena
A Blessing for Pet Lovers

God bless folks who love
And treasure as they deserve
Those precious pets one never forgets
...And comfort them when the time comes
That the sweet one will be taken home
Not to wake up to another earthly sun.
God bless the child that loves a pet
And knows that it is true
That a little dog's heart is full of love
Created especially for you.
God bless the folks that lose a pet
No matter what the cause may be
But God bless the folks who love them enough
That from pain they set them free.
God Bless the folks and wipe their tears
And let them understand
That their sweet pet is Heaven's sweet guest
And plays now in an awesome land.
Thena

Saturday, June 01, 2013

I prayed for you today
Maybe not by name
But I asked God to bless each friend
And let it be just the same
As if I mentioned every single one of you
When I asked that God would touch and heal
To fill your hearts with His love
And His best plans for you reveal.