the other side of darkness

February 27, 2010

There is a dark night
That comes to each of us
Engages the soul
No one likes to feel helpless
Who would dare choose the darkness
Life is on the other side
That’s what I was told
That’s what I found to be true
It is a part of the journey
We’re all pushed to the limit
Desperation is the word
Time to listen carefully
To heart, soul, and mind
I’ll choose good people
Who will give me room to think
Believe I can make it
Who have tasted the darkness
And understand the process
I will ask for help
From those whose lives speak to me
Who have found joy
© Terry S. Smith
February 2, 2010

your words

January 12, 2010

Reckless words will pierce the soul
Healing comes from wisdom words
Truthful lips always endure
Bring joy to the heart
A lie is detestable
It brings death and destroys you
Knowing what is true brings life
Today I’ll speak the truth
Actions speak the truth
Tell what you really believe
Don’t make light of it
It’s easy to twist words
To make them say what you want
You know if your are honest
And have seen all sides
Who you trust is important
Do not be afraid to ask
What is it I really want?
Then you’ll know your heart
© Terry S. Smith
January 12, 2010
Reflections after reading Proverbs 12, Psalm 56, and My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers


There were feelings of no hope

I sank in despair

In silence I ceased striving

Be quiet, be still; love comes


Real truth is experienced

It cuts through to all levels

The mind, heart and soul reflected

Light breaks through darkness


There is a secret

Where a person does begin

The first step is just simply

Be responsible

For how you think and act

You will find the right questions


I have learned life is not fair

I have no control of you

I will decide who I’ll be

I choose to be kind


© Terry Smith

written August 31, 2009


searching for your heart

August 26, 2009

Love is what pursues
A surprising mystery
At the center of all things
I sit in wonder
I am so thirsty for life
I respond to love daily
We have been given a mind
Our responsibility
Is to search for what is true
A life decision
Find out what is real
A seeking heart will save you
The truth will free you
You will know it when you find
Peace within you will define
The reality of love
Searching for your heart
© Terry S. Smith
written September 29, 2008


August 10, 2009

Each life has a foundation
You must carefully choose it
Because the life storms will come
You will stand or fall
Choose your counsel well
Understanding is the key
Knowledge will give you freedom
Perseverance is a must
The heart, mind, and soul
Have to be fully engaged
You will need all three
What are the issues
Be specific and name them
I know fear is one
Anxiety will crush you
Who can speak to this
There are no easy answers
No formulas to fix it
But there’s a way to process
With knowledge and time
written July 28, 2009

Begin being still

July 28, 2009


Good conversation

Is what I look for each day

Begin being still

This helps me become aware

Of a larger loving voice


I’ve discovered that my eyes

Are the windows to my heart

My mind will give direction

In the “morning watch”


Temptations will come

To take advantage of me

So I’ll guard my eyes


I’ll choose the focus

Many voices are calling

Anxiety knocks


Fear of the future

And the many ways harm comes

Can rob me of the now


“As iron sharpens iron”                            

We each sharpen the other

Let us consider

And look for the perspective

That is the reality

Where are you focusing now?


written July 27, 2009

see Proverbs 27:17, Proverbs 27:20


seek wisdom

July 9, 2009


Educate yourself

Your responsibility

To use your mind well

You can be real smart

And ignorant at the same time

Information helps 


True information, that is

Every human can see

Given safety and good time

You’ll figure life out


There will come a time

In the life of all of us

You will know if you got it

Looking back you’ll see

The decisions that you made

Were right for you or wrong


So I hope you’ll look ahead

Seek wisdom with all your heart

Make insight your greatest goal

Read ancient Proverbs

Today I will celebrate

Sixty-seven years of life

I am still learning a lot

Surprised by the joy


written July 9, 2009 


Discover joy

June 17, 2009


Guard your mouth and tongue
This is the work of the heart
Some grief you’ll avoid
How one guards the heart
What practices do you use
They must be daily
A daily practice
Will help you secure your goal
And discover joy
Discipline is hard
It is a choice that I make
I discover joy
My mind is the place
Where I do battle for life
I choose the focus
There is always help
It is the great mystery
Of the unseen God

written August 21, 2008


a garden

June 13, 2009

My heart is the place
Where I work each morning
I plow, plant and sow
The seeds are chosen with care
I visualize the fruit
“Loneliness is a desert
Solitude is a garden”*
The mind must be cared for well
I now have a choice
My soul is quiet
In the stillness I listen
Waiting patiently
© Terry S. Smith
written February 10, 2009
* Henri Nouwen