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How Then Do I Live
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By Geneva Poynter
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How Then Do I Live

God provided a luxurious vine,

Miraculously, overnight

In a desert place, as shade oh so fine.

Miracle Grow has not that might!


God provided a worm…the vine wilted…

Seemed to take away God’s blessing…

Then Jonah felt forsaken and jilted

Because of all that, I’m guessing.


God provided a hot, sandy east wind.

The sun shone down on Jonah’s head.

Now he had no shelter, the heat to fend.

“Mad,” he said, “I’d rather be dead!”


God was at work in his life in all three,

Vine, worm, wind, by God appointed.

God’s blessings and lessons come without fee,

There to teach us – not disjointed.


What is my vine – the blessings I enjoy?

Am I thankful for ev’ry one?

Gifts of God’s kindness, how do I employ

These gifts given through Christ, the Son?


What is my worm – sorrow, disappointment?

Are the times we’re in part of this?

The worm may cause feelings of disjointment –

What happens next…is this plan His?


What’s my uncomfortable, scorching wind?

Affliction, pain, distress could be

What God uses my whole life to refine,

His sanctifying work in me. 


When things go wrong am I angry at God,

A masked problem coming out then?

Do I live for “the vine” here on this sod,

Or for the Giver who has taken all my sin?


God’s compassion is His love in action,

So don’t let my heart grow colder.

Help me rejoice in ALL Your Creation,

Reach, in love, as I grow older.  

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Submitted: Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 18, 2009

About the Poet
I asked Jesus to be my Savior when I was 11 - that was almost 70 years ago as of June 2015. My husband and I had been married for 54 years as of March 2010 before he went Home to Heaven, and we have one son & daughter in law and 3 grandchildren.

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