Encouragement, Poems/Songs

A Strong Tree


THE STRONGEST TREE is not found in the shelter of the forest, but out in the open where the winds of every direction beat upon it.

  • It is bent and twisted until it until it becomes a giant in stature.
  • This is the TREE which the carpenter wants his projects made of, and the furniture maker seeks.


A mighty wind blew night and day.

It stole the oak tree’s leaves away,

Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark

Until the oak was tired and stark.

But still the oak tree held its ground

While other trees fell all around.

The weary wind gave up and spoke,

“How can you still be standing, Oak?”

The oak tree said, “I know that you

Can break each brand of mine in two,

Carry every leaf away,

Shake my limbs, and make me sway.

But I have roots stretched in the earth,

Growing stronger since my birth.

You’ll never touch them, for you see,

They are the deepest part of me.

Until today, I wasn’t sure

Of just how much I could endure.

But now I’ve found, with thanks to you,

I’m stronger than I every knew.”


Always, always, always believe that no matter what crosses your path of life….

  • If you have  deeply planted roots…you will make it through.
  • I believe in the deepest part of my being that time heals a broken heart.
  • But, the truth of this fact depends upon what YOU CHOOSE to do with your time.
  • Determine to plant your roots deep.
  • Then you will be able to bend when the strong winds blow….and not break.

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

*Poem, Author Unknows



Down through the centuries there have been many precious elements in this world that we have heard tales spoken of.

  • King Midas and his thirst for gold comes to mind.
  • At times they have been used for their monetary power.
  • The status of gold, silver, and precious GEMS often has been alluring to men and women down through the ages.

All GEMS wether precious or semi precious are found disguised by the common things of earth.

  • They are crystals.
  • Most, before their inner beauty is revealed look like rocks: ie diamonds, rubies, and emeralds.
  • Sapphires are found in the sediment surrounding rocks.
  • Pressure is the key to forming the beautiful GEMS we all admire.

Real rubies and emeralds will have a flaw or flaws in them called inclusions. 

  • An emerald that doesn’t have a flaw in it is considered to be of lesser value.
  • An inclusion also is the cause of the star shape that is seen inside a ruby or sapphire.

Diamonds are the hardest element known to man.

  • They are carbon and are formed in the deepest parts of earth.
  • When cut properly, a diamond will shine brilliantly and maximize the light within through it’s facets.
  • Traditionally diamonds are the “go-to” choice for engagement and wedding rings.

My husband and myself were high school sweethearts.

  • We laugh at ourselves about being sixteen and seventeen years old and putting a set of wedding rings in lay-a-way.
  • We regularly went into the jewelry store to look at “our rings” and sometimes upgraded to another set.
  • It’s a wonder that the owners had so much patience with this “pair of kids,” but they did.
  • Two years later the engagement ring was paid for, and in another year the wedding ring.

We all at one time or another have passed by a jewelry store and stopped to admire the valuable items on display.

  • A skilled artisan makes numerous beautiful items of jewelry that brings enjoyment to the eye.
  • Perhaps you have looked at a specific piece of jewelry and eventually decided to purchase it.
  • Ladies, we must all confess to a certain amount of personal pleasure in wearing a beautiful piece of jewelry, set with precious GEMS.

For each one of us there are principles and applications to our individual lives seen in the works of nature.

  • A GEM must be cut, shaped and polished by a master workman, to reveal the beauty within.
  • It takes much time, external forces and patience to create a precious GEM.
  • How true that is of our personal lives also.
  • The Master molds, cuts and refines us to be of valuable use to Him.
  • Always keep in mind, others are touched by the way we live our lives and respond to the circumstances we experience.

There are the well known; along with the lives of those who are never in the spotlight that teach many lessons about being a beautiful GEM.

  • Where they are today is due to the “cards they were dealt” in life.
  • Struggles, experiences, broken hearts, pain, loss are all some of the pressures that many times are designed to erode the core of selfishness; which we all have.

The truths we practice in life display to the world who we are and what we believe.

  • There are so many adages to apply to this post.
  • Do I see the rose or the thorns?
  • Do I make lemonade when life deals me lemons?
  • Do I see the forest or the trees?
  • Am I looking at just this moment or do I have the bigger picture?


“When we long for life without difficulties,

remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds

and diamonds are made under pressure.”

–Peter Marshall