Wednesday, April 29

Abiding Hope and Love

Today, I am privileged to be a part of a book blog tour. I met Connie Arnold…well…I don’t remember where it all started, but we’ve been a part of several forums and groups, including Twitter.

Connie’s husband was born in my city and has relatives here, so Connie and Tom occasionally drive from their home in North Carolina to visit them and then drive on to see their daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons. After spending time with them, they drive to Chicago to visit with their son and daughter-in-law.

Connie and I had twittered about meeting sometime and actually tried earlier this year but it didn’t work out. So, when they came through at Easter, my hubby and I were honored to meet Connie and Tom and have lunch with them. We had a great time and they are so gracious, the kind you wished lived next door to you!

Connie’s second book on poetry Abiding Hope & Love has been published and is the reason for this post and blog tour.

So many people are suffering hard times right now. My heart has been heavy for several friends who are undergoing extreme trials in their lives and, as one of Connie’s poems popped out at me, I decided to share it with you today…

Hold on to hope when the world seems cold,
When you’re anxious and weary, and when you grow old.

Hold on to hope when you feel in despair,
When your burdens seem heavy and too much to bear.

Hold on to hope when you’re lonely and sad,
When you’re lost and discouraged, or just feeling bad.

Hold on to hope through the darkness of night,
When troubles continue with no end in sight.

Hold on to hope, let God’s love flood your soul
With the promise that you can be healed and made whole.

Hold on to hope – God will answer your prayer,
Will comfort and strengthen, your burdens will share.

Hold on to hope for you’re never alone,
For Christ’s love within you brightly has shone.

Hold on to hope, let your worries depart,
Let God’s beauty and love fill your mind and your heart.

You can check out both Connie’s books and her talents at her sites:

I invite you to stop by and visit Connie’s heart-filled work. She loves company!

May the Lord bless you with peace, comfort, and hope in whatever you are going through this day.

~~Blessings, Lynn~~
17 Responses
  1. I needed that poem, I am happy you posted it.

  2. conarnold Says:

    Lynn, thank you for posting about Abiding Hope & Love and sharing the poem. It was an honor for Tom & me to meet you and your dear hubby also. You are as lovely and sweet as I knew you would be! Your Heading Home posts are so inspiring to me, and I know to many others.

  3. lynnmosher Says:

    Hey, Kim! I'm glad Connie's poem touched you. I'm happy I posted it, too. Be blessed, dear one!

  4. lynnmosher Says:

    Oh, Connie, you are so welcome. It is my honor to feature your gift. Thanks for being such a precious friend!

  5. conarnold Says:

    Kimberly, I'm glad God blessed you through the poem and Lynn's post!

  6. Absolutely love Connie's writing and just love of life. Thanks for featuring her book, they're so special.

  7. JoAnne Says:

    Lynn and Connie,

    It's so awesome how the Lord brings friends together. I also can't remember how I met either of you on Twitter, but your friendships continue to be a blessing in my life :). I hope many people will continue to stop by and visit your blog Connie. Personally, I have found your beautiful poetry inspiring, encouraging, and lets one stop for a breath of fresh air to see what's real and important in this world.

    Love, JoAnne

  8. conarnold Says:

    Susan, thank you so much for your sweet comment!

    JoAnne, your friendship is very special to me, and I give thanks to God for speaking to your heart through my poetry!

  9. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  10. Helen Ginger Says:

    Thank you for sharing Connie's poem. It speaks to those who have friends or family in need of prayer and support.

  11. Sharon Says:

    Lovely post and lovely poem! Thanks.

    Sharon Reece

  12. Anonymous Says:

    I can truly testify that Connie's poems have spoken to situations in my life directly. Her poetry has a power behind it which can only come from God and her love of Him. Connie has a beautiful spirit. I pray others will find hope, love, comfort, and encouragement through her words. God bless you Connie and thank you Lynn for posting one of the poems which spoke directly to me.

    God bless and keep you both.

  13. conarnold Says:

    Melissa, thank you for your comment! I think you would feel God's blessings in reading the book.

    Helen, thanks for stopping by! This poem is intended to offer hope to those in need, and I'm glad you realized that about it.

    Sharon, thank you for your sweet comment!

  14. shelagh Says:

    Beautiful poem! Connie's book sounds wonderful and I wish her the best!

    ~Shelagh Watkins

  15. Beautiful and timely. I'm headed to her site to let her know. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    I love to read your blog,Lynn.You are so talented....Connie,your poems are awesome.Thankyou both very much.
    Your sister in Christ.

  17. conarnold Says:

    Shelagh, thank you! I appreciate your good wishes.

    Heather, thank you for your comment here and on my site!

    Monica, I appreciate your kind comment!