Poetry, Photography: © carol a. castagna 2016
Timeless Power of God
Cradle me, Lord.
I slip and tumble, plummeting
but not completely crushed
for Your power
breaks my descent
and makes me stand,
In your everlasting arms that
shield and heal,
cradle your child.
Make me tough and bold, unwavering, in your likeness.
Cradle me, Lord, to sweet slumber in your presence.
As day descends or as morning mists, empower me with your power.
Hold me steadfast in your loving grip,
in your timeless, tender embrace.
The dictionary “Self-control is the quality that allows you to stop yourself from doing things you want to do but that might not be in your best interest. For example, without self-control, you might say something you will later regret.
Presence of mind in a crisis; ability to say or do the right thing in an emergency,
We can consider self-control an important virtue, as detailed in the New Testament.
“the athlete exercises self-control.” 1 Corinthians 9: 25. Self-control consists of managing one’s emotions, behaviors, desires. Another term is self-regulation. When one wants to achieve a goal, lack of self-control can likely sabotage success or cause total destruction.
1 Peter: 6,7, 8 (add to) your knowledge, self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness love. These things will lead to a full life of fruitfulness in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
With this acceptable behavior and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will be prepared, with sound doctrine, to exhort and convict those who contradict,” as stated in Titus 1: 8 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you…for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Timothy 1: 6, 7.