Poetic Inspirations and Practical Applications for Blissful Living

Poem: Child, I Am Close to You

Child, I Am Close to You

Child, I Am Close to You

Child, I Am Close to You

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“Yet you are near, LORD, and all your commands are true.” (Psalm 119:151)


Sweet child of mine,
If you only knew
Always how close
I am to you,

How near I am
Throughout the day,
How I am next to you
Paving the way,

How I am smiling
To hold your hand,
How I unfold for you
All I have planned…

Yes, if you knew
How close I am always,
Endless would be
Your joy, your praise,

Perfect your peace,
Rich your love,
Fastened your eyes
On heaven above.

So I ask you now
My closeness to feel,
How strong it is,
How divine and real,
How sweet it is
To hold my hand,
How happy to embrace,
All I have planned,

How blissful it is
To walk this pathway,
How blessed it is
To hear all I say…
Yes, sweet child,
Know this to be true:
Each and every moment
I am close to you!


© 2014 Caroline Gavin

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Poem: Seasons of Change

Poem: Seasons of Change

Seasons of Change

Poem: Seasons of Change

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“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)


Crisp morning air,

Whispers of change,

Glory of seasons

You beautifully arrange,


Songs in the winds,

Celebrations in the sky,

Expectations of new things

Sparkle in my eye,


Colors transforming,

Leaves aglow,

Fragrance of Autumn

Wherever I go…


Yes, in the crisp air

My heart soars with delight,

In Your arms, Jesus,

My spirit takes flight,


For surely You whisper

In this season new,

You speak of treasures

Timeless and true,


You assure me

Good things await

When You and Your love

I celebrate.


So as the seasons

Change now blissfully,

I sing to everyone

All You do for me,


I share of Your love

Wherever I go,

As my eyes sparkle,

As my heart is aglow,


I keep my eyes fixed

On the heavenly sky,

For You alone, Jesus,

Make my heart fly…


Yes, the seasons

You beautifully arrange,

And I embrace Your love,

I embrace sweet change!


© 2014 Caroline Gavin

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Guest Post: Stay Between the Lines

Stay Between The Lines

Guest Post by Heart and Soul Health Coach Mike Fenton


     Most folks began to hear those words as a child while learning how to color in a coloring book for the first time. We continued to hear those words as we went through school, and then, when first learning how to drive. Now staying between the lines is a good idea, especially when driving, but what about how it pertains to living life? If we continue to “stay between the lines” without ever venturing out, how do we grow? Sometimes it’s necessary to step out from behind those lines in order to discover our true sense, who and what we were meant to be.

     Some folks may be afraid to step out in fear of what they may or may not find, but if we step out and let God be our guide we need not worry about making mistakes, and if we do, it is for His purpose. We read in Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps”.

     Another reason folks “stay between the lines” is because they have become complacent where they are. Complacency only leads to one place, it is called stagnation. When we are there we have no desire to learn or experience anything new, we are content to live life just as it is. There is nothing wrong about being “content” but if we do not continue to grow, life can, and in most cases, becomes boring.

     After spending a good number of years working at one company I found this to be true, those that retired and did nothing were the ones that did not live as long as those that retired and looked at that time as an opportunity to learn and experience new things.

     As you move forward today let “staying between the lines” be for coloring books and driving, it’s time to step out and experience what live has to offer, and let God be your guide. 

Guest Post: Foundational Differences

Foundational Differences

Guest Post by Heart and Soul Health Coach Mike Fenton


     I recently purchased a storage shed that would allow for me to have more room in my garage. When reading the directions it said I could choose between a wood or cement foundation. It made me think of the lesson(s) told in Matthew 7:24-27 which reads “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand”

     When we embrace the words of our Lord Jesus Christ we create a foundation within ourselves that makes us strong in mind, body and spirit. We are ready for the “storms of life”, we are ready to do battle with the evil one. However, it is very important to remember, it requires more than just hearing the words of our savior we must put them into practice if we want to build a solid foundation.

     If we take a handful of sand and release it, it scatters and falls to the ground, there is no cohesiveness. If we take a rock and drop it to the ground it stays intact, when we hear and put into practice the words of our Lord and savior, life is intact, we are not only strong, but we are strong for others as well, there is cohesiveness. We have a solid foundation to build our life around.


Biz Tip: Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground

Head in the Clouds


Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground

Head in the Clouds

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Purposeful Pathway is the haven for faith-based entrepreneurs. Part of my mission is equipping faith-based businesses with information that is practical, actionable and Scriptural.

The theme of this post is how to keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground — in order to bear business fruit!

Creativity is a beautiful part of the entrepreneurial experience. Aren’t those “head in the clouds” inspirations we experience simply blissful? Action, too, is a powerful part of business growth. Yet sometimes our inspirations can overwhelm us, and other times our actions can be tedious and fruitless. How can we fruitfully combine the two? How can we intentionally integrate our inspirations and our actions?  How can we orchestrate the thoughts in our head with the steps of our feet?

Let’s explore five ways:

1. Determine areas that are over-thought. Carefully and prayerfully consider the areas in which you are over-thinking but under-doing. Where have you experienced countless inspirations but have taken little action? Perhaps, for example, you have been inspired with many book topics or product ideas or program possibilities. Write down as many “action-less” inspirations as come to mind.

2. Determine areas that are overdone. Carefully and prayerfully consider, too, areas in which you consistently act with little inspiration. Perhaps, for example, you continually offer programs at a certain price point or you share blog posts at a certain frequency or you market in a certain manner. List any of your activities that are merely habitual but no longer inspired.

3. Determine how to incorporate more action into the inspiration. Looking at your first list, determine prayerfully which one or two inspirations you will implement. What specific action steps can you take today? Perhaps it’s time to start writing that book or launching that program? Take one step, even a “small” step, today.

4. Determine how to incorporate more inspiration into the action. Looking at your second list, prayerfully consider what feels inspired for each activity. Does modifying your blog post schedule make sense? Does changing your fee structure feel aligned? Does tweaking your marketing inspire you? Start making those changes today.

5. Be happy from head to feet. As you incorporate more action into your inspirations and more inspiration into your actions, notice the alignment of your head and your feet. You will appreciate the happy flow that comes with embracing movement and miracles. Give glory to God along the way, as He is the One who inspires the mind and gives strength for each step. He is the One who paves our purposeful pathways! “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8)

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Let’s Pray: Loving Lord, we thank You for inspiring our minds and guiding our steps! We praise You for paving our purposeful pathways. Faithful Father and Forever Friend, we ask for Your help in integrating more inspiration into our actions and more action into our inspirations. We ask for Your grace to align head and feet…as we align our wills with Yours. We love you with every fiber of our beings, every moment of every day, every step of the pathway…and it is in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

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Poem: Love Abounds

Love Abounds

Poem: Love Abounds

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“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight…” (Philippians 1:9)


Joy fills my heart,

Love abounds each day,

Blessings grace the steps

Of my pathway,


Hope uplifts my soul,

Peace comforts my mind,

Beauty and bliss

Are in all that I find,


Wisdom enriches thoughts,

Happiness sings in all I do…

Why, sweet Lord Jesus?

Because I have You!


Yes, You are my joy,

My song to sing,

My happiness, my bliss,

My endless blessing,


My unfailing hope,

My peace to endure,

Yes, everything lovely,

Everything pure.


So I lift my heart

In grateful adoration,

I sing a song

Of love and adoration,


I rejoice in all things,

In all that I do,

I sing of Your treasures

Timeless and true,


I share Your love

With all mankind,

As Your sweet love

Captivates my mind…


Yes, joy fills my heart,

Love abounds each day,

Because You are with me

Every step of the way!



© 2014 Caroline Gavin

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