Encouraging Poetry - Anna Szabo Wonder Woman Speaker at Rotary International

Have you been looking for some encouraging poetry? Encouragement is the act of giving someone support, and I am here to support you, no matter what you’re going through. Enjoy my 11 encouraging poems about faith, perseverance in adversity, trusting God, failure, and gratitude.

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Introduction

The 11 encouraging poems I’m sharing with you came from God on my journey from an abusive marriage with the narcissist and the suicidal depression to stepping into my identity in Christ and going into ministry.

I had never been a poet before, but today you can enjoy my collection of over 100 poems called “Poems From God.” If you’d like to read my story of becoming a poet described in great detail, I shared my entire poetry journey in the blog post called “Spoken Word Poetry.”

How did I choose these specific 11 encouragement poems to share with you out of my entire collection of over 100 pieces? It wasn’t easy. But I realized that encouragement is not the same as motivation. Encouragement is different than inspiration. So, the poems I chose all fulfill the purpose of encouragement. That’s how this encouragement poetry got in here.

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What Is Encouragement?

According to the Dictionary, encouragement means the act of giving someone support, the persuasion to do or to continue something, the act of trying to stimulate the development of a belief.

What kind of support do I want my poems for encouragement to give you? I want you to feel supported on your journey of life, with all of its ups and downs, celebrations and sorrow, blessings and afflictions.

Everyone’s life sometimes rocks and sometimes sucks.

My life has had plenty of ups and downs, and – since you wound up on this page – you must be going through the season of life that currently sucks.

Congratulations!

You are a normal human.

I want you to know that you will survive.

The human spirit is capable of overcoming so much crap, I’m in awe when I look back at my life and see the incredible story of God’s amazing glory.

What kind of crap has my spirit overcome?

Childhood abuse, molestation, teen pregnancy, rape, domestic violence, homelessness in a foreign country, narcissistic abuse, depression, suicide attempts, addictions, divorces, and so much more.

So, we discussed that encouragement is the act of persuasion to do or to continue something. What is it that I want to persuade you to do or continue by using my encouraging poetry? I want my poems for encouragement to persuade you to continue living life. Never give up on life. I am a two-times suicide survivor and I almost killed myself in 2017 due to the narcissistic abuse I was enduring.

That’s why I founded this Christian ministry in 2017 – to help alleviate suicide among women globally by sharing hope in Christ by making the Gospel practical and applicable to your daily experiences.

We said that encouragement is the act of trying to stimulate the development of a belief. What belief do I want you to develop? I want my poems for encouragement to help you believe that God has a plan and the plan is good, that His 3573 promises are a solid foundation for you to stand on, that you can do all things through Christ, and that you should trust in the Lord instead of leaning on your own limited understanding of life and its purpose.

Let’s summarize.

The Goals of My Encouraging Poetry

  1. To offer you support on your journey of life
  2. To persuade you to continue living your life
  3. To help you believe that God has a plan and the plan is good
Anna Szabo Wonder Woman Speaker on Encouragement

My Story of Persevering Through Adversity

Anna Szabo Wonder Woman Speaker at Rotary International sharing Encouraging Poetry

Poems for Encouragement from God

These poems of encouragement are not my words, though they came out of my heart and head and I captured them with my very own two hands, they are from God. Every good and perfect thing is from above, and so is this encouraging poetry. While I do own the copyright to these Christian poems for encouragement and strength, I give God all the honor and glory.

I received my encouraging poetry from God just exactly when I myself needed encouragement. These Christian poems encouraged me. I hope they will encourage you, uplift your spirit, speak to your heart, and empower you to face your giants with faith and fortitude.

Let me tell you which 11 uplifting poems I’ll be sharing today.

My List of 11 Encouraging Poems

  1. I Trust You With My Troubles
  2. Failing Forward
  3. You’re Always Good
  4. Your Plan Is Always Perfect
  5. You’re Leading My Walk
  6. Standing on God’s Promises
  7. My Life Is Such a Gift
  8. Mind Over Matter
  9. Perseverance
  10. Failure
  11. Abiding In Christ vs Living In My Own Power
Wonder Woman Speaker Anna Szabo sharing encouraging poems at Rotary

Free Christian Poems for Encouragement

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I Trust You With My Troubles

"I Trust You With The Troubles In This World" #PoemsFromGod

You said we will have troubles in this world.
I would have surely preferred to avoid all my  trials.
But you also promised to defeat every sword,
And, with no battles to fight, 
how could I ever feel the perfect love 
as your special child? 

You promised protection, you promised peace.
You asked to not lean on my own comprehension.
So, as I'm standing here, crying on my knees,
I trust you still and your perfect plan for my eternal salvation. 


3/6/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA

Failing Forward

"Failing Forward" #PoemsFromGod

You give or allow adversity.
"Why?" - I  ask myself often.
To develop our character diversity - 
You love us too much, and this faith makes my heart soften.

To ensure we are more Christ-like,
To prepare us for eternity,
Though the journey can be quite a hike,
It helps to have support of our Christian fraternity.

We suffer, struggle, and hustle
But there's no failing.
We develop our faith muscle.
Though often we appear ailing.

When stumbling upon a road block,
We must remember your promises in the Word.
Even if we just stand there and gawk,
We are truly failing forward, as long as we become a dedicated Bible nerd.

On our journey to sanctification, 
We must believe that you're always good.
You sent your only son to pay for our salvation.
I wouldn't want to take His place even if I could.

Remembering what happened on the cross,
I'm in awe from your perfect love:
You endured such an unimaginable loss,
To promote me in this life beyond and above.

And in the light of your selfless sacrifice,
I'm leaving the earthly chaotic mayhem sea, walking shoreward,
My failures have been redeemed at a bloody price,
So as your special, chosen, beloved daughter, I am only failing forward3/10/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA

You’re Always Good

"You're Always Good" #PoemsFromGod

I've chased many dreams turned into goals,
I've pursued many things that were labeled as "secular."

Those paths led away from you into worldly roles,
Where anxiety and fears were familiar and regular. 

You've consistently blessed me with your special grace.
And this time I've received your special lesson:
There's nothing on earth I ever need to chase,
There's no place I need to ever be to progressing. 

Right where I'm at, here in your presence,
I can tap into peace that can't be understood
And enjoy your affection, protection, and pleasance,
And declare with confidence that you're always good


8/6/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA

Your Plan Is Always Perfect

"Your Plan Is Always Perfect" #PoemsFromGod

You said your plan is perfect.
Can I believe it, God?
Sometimes I feel in conflict,
With scope of trials so broad.

But then I look around,
I pay attention close,
And see your grace abound
In sorrow and in loss.

I trust your every vow,
Your Holy Word I trust.
Sometimes I wonder how
Your beauty comes from dust.

Your plan for me to prosper,
Have future and the hope
Wholeheartedly I trust in
And never will I stop. 


8/16/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA

You’re Leading My Walk

"You’re Leading My Walk" #PoemsFromGod

You came near when I called you, 
And you said to me: “Do not fear.” 
You took my right hand and walked with me,
And though all my trials you've always been near. 

You comforted me and encouraged,
You gave me discernment and wisdom,
You showed me your infinite mercy and grace,
While leading my walk through your kingdom. 


8/27/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA

Standing on God’s Promises

"Standing on God’s Promises" #PoemsFromGod

Life is a series of seasons,
With moments of sorrow followed by happy moments.
To question God we have many reasons,
Especially, when facing some devastating disappointments.

Sometimes, we question God's very existence,
Or just His presence in our lives.
We may confront the idea of God's goodness with resistance,
Especially when grief our daily emotions drives.

Our emotions are not a very reliable source of information.
How we feel changes often too randomly.
That's why to confidently walk toward our destination,
We need to immerse ourselves in truth extendedly.

We need to understand and believe God's faithfulness.
We need to embrace His eternal promises.
We don't need to make them up or guess -
Reading His word is what confidence encompasses.

In the Bible, there are 3573 promises,
The word "promise" itself occurs 50 times.
End of suffering, protection, and forgiveness,
Peace and joy are guaranteed to us always and not just sometimes.

God's promises are the only solid ground to stand on.
Everything else is unstable and temporary.
His word is the truth for us to lean on, 
So that our lives can be for His glory and extraordinary.


9/12/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA

My Life Is Such a Gift

"My Life Is Such a Gift" #PoemsFromGod

My life is such a gift.
My life is such a blessing.
I'm grateful for each day,
Which I'm with joy professing.

I'm grateful for the peace,
I'm grateful that I'm healthy,
For joy that may not cease,
And being friendships-wealthy.

I'm grateful for abundance 
Of food and drinking water,
And clothing choices hundreds,
And being God's own daughter.

I'm grateful for each mentor
Who time invests and wisdom
To ground me and center
In Gospel and God's kingdom.

I'm grateful for awareness
Of who I am in Jesus
And for my journey's rareness.
To love it I have reasons.

My life is very special,
And I am special also -
I have a high potential,
With Scriptures armed, I know so.


9/14/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA

Mind Over Matter

"Mind Over Matter" #PoemsFromGod

Your thoughts create your future.
It happens every moment.
Your pain and wounds you suture
With every thought and comment. 

You choose your thoughts with free will.
You are in charge of choosing.
Defeating thoughts your dreams kill.
Don’t be your thoughts misusing!

Decide to think of greatness.
Decide to think of joy.
Decide that you with gladness 
Your thought life will enjoy!

No matter circumstances.
No matter wounds and pain.
Your thoughts are your advances.
They make or break your brain.

With healthy thoughts, you’re healing.
With harmful thoughts, you’re sick. 
Bad thoughts can joy be stealing -
To cause you harm they’re quick.

So, choose to think of blessings,
And choose to think of grace.
Start gratitude expressing 
With thoughts of joy and praise.

Your thoughts create your future.
It happens every moment.
Your pain and wounds you suture
With every thought and comment. 


9/18/18 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA

Perseverance

"Perseverance" #PoemsFromGod

Perseverance is about never ever giving up.
Every time you fall, you must quickly get up. 

Perseverance takes courage and requires you to act in-spite of your fear. 
When you choose faith over fear, you courageously persevere. 

Perseverance is a cure for failure because there’s always that next chance to succeed.
If you commit to persevering no matter what, a victorious life you can lead. 


9/21/18 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA

Failure

"Failure" #PoemsFromGod

To live life means to be willing to fail.
Often, we try something great to no avail.

And it’s ok - not everything in life is a success.
Life is a journey, so from one stage to the next we must progress.

Failure is a part of such a journey, promoting growth.
Living life requires not either failure or success, but both!

Failure is a normal part of life we must accept,
Yet, our faith in success and our fortitude must be kept...


4/23/19 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA

Abiding In Christ vs Living In My Own Power

"Abiding In Christ vs Living In My Own Power" #PoemsFromGod

Lord, you’re my eternal leader and guide.
In you every day I wholeheartedly abide.
I obtain, observe, and obey your Word.
It’s my heavenly strength and my spiritual sword. 

Lord, on my own, I feel wicked and weak.
I get selfish and drift: worldly comfort I seek.
But in you, I feel purposeful and Spirit-driven.
I use wisely the talents in advance to me given.

Lord, you’re my vine and I am your branch.
I want to bear fruit but my journey is strange.
I don’t understand it and frankly resent it.
I can’t comprehend it. So, I condemn it.

Lord, do I trust you? I trust you, indeed!
You’ve always been near and fulfilled my each need.
But my future is foggy. It is unknown.
I want for my future to me to be shown.

Lord, I am scared of what future might hold.
What if my life will as tragic unfold?
I want to know future. I want to control it.
I want to impact it. I want to uncoil it.

Lord, it’s impossible for me to be you.
So, I surrender whatever I knew!
You give me peace, joy, and contentment.
You take away my childish resentment.

Lord, I abide in you. I abandon my own power.
I discover your plan daily. Your Word I devour.
You reveal yourself to me, Lord, undoubtedly.
I surrender my control to you and live astoundingly. 


7/29/19 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA

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The Story of Biblical Poems of Encouragement

Let me share with you a little preview into my life as each of these Biblical poems of encouragement was birthed into the world to help Christian women to persevere through adversity by focusing on God’s word.

I Trust You With My Troubles is poem #2 in my collection. It was born as I was going through divorce mediation with the narcissist. I was suffering from a long-lasting depression, with which two mental health professionals had to help me, just to survive because I was severely suicidal. It was such a troublesome marriage, so manipulative and cruel, I worked hard to just have hope for another minute. Yet, I stayed rooted in Scriptures and I trusted God. He never failed me. I trusted His 3573 promises. My understanding of my situation was so limited: I didn’t know God was preparing and equipping me for ministry. But I knew He would deliver me from that misery, and, as you can see from my encouraging poetry, He did.

Failing Forward was born just a few days after that divorce mediation as I was now getting ready to move out of our marital residence and into my new beautiful home on the Chattahoochee River, filled with peace and serenity. I was in pain from the trauma of the broken marriage and abuse. Yet, as you can see from this encouraging poetry, I was keeping my focus on Jesus and His sacrifice, on my eternity with Him, and this journey of sanctification He has me on to develop my character. With the narcissist going back and forth, filing for divorces left and right and wanting to reconcile, I had been so confused. But this poem marked my decision to move forward toward my future with God. The experience of that marriage felt like such a failure but I knew that, with Christ, I was failing forward. Years later, I see how God’s good plan unfolded perfectly and I can say that, while that all was very painful, it was also essential to prepare and equip me for this ministry.

You’re Always Good was born in the midst of our divorce jury trial, which lasted for four days in Forsyth County, GA. It was his third divorce in that county, and it was a true masquerade. My whole life, marriage, everything felt surreal. I couldn’t believe I was going through all that misery and humiliation. It felt like crucifixion, and, in a sense, it was, which of course, as always with God, was followed by my resurrection. When I said “special grace,” I meant a lot of adversity God blessed me with, through which He grew me. He expanded my faith and He increased my hope. And, as you can see from my encouraging poetry, God showed me, in the midst of betrayal, abuse, deception, and haze, that He is good.

Your Plan Is Always Perfect was born as I was reflecting on the divorce jury trial, my marriage with the narcissist, my journey with God, my dream of ministry, and the 3573 of God’s promises to me. I was discouraged, devastated, disoriented, depressed, and dispirited. Yet, as you can see from my encouraging poetry, I trusted God’s plan.

You’re Leading My Walk was born that same month as I was processing the trauma the narcissist imposed on me. I was switching my focus from my trauma to God’s blessings I had already received in life, and it became so clear that Jesus has always been near, He carried me through, even when I didn’t believe in Him. He believed in me. Yes, I was in pain, traumatized, and brokenhearted. But Jesus always walked me through each valley and He healed my heart every time. I reflected on His mercy and grace, His unconditional love for me, and I felt so peaceful. I wasn’t walking alone.

Standing on God’s Promises was born the month following that divorce jury trial. I had lost my job due to a hostile work environment. I paid tens of thousands of dollars for the divorce with the guy I hardly even saw at home after our wedding. I was completely confused as to how the guy even deceived me in such a big way. And my emotions ran high. It was hard for me to figure myself out because I felt so differently every moment. That’s how and why this poem was birthed – out of my realization that my emotions were not a reliable source of information but God’s promises were. This is my favorite poem of all time. If I’m visiting a community, an organization, an event, or any kind of get-together, and people ask me to share a poem, this poem is always the one I choose. I’m so encouraged by it.

My Life Is Such a Gift was born two days after I declared standing on God’s promises and went on some pretty serene kayaking adventures with my dog Bruno who left this world in October of 2019. I felt so much gratitude for the river, the peace, which I didn’t have for even one day with the narcissist, for joy I was able to experience now that no one was abusing me. Of course, I was filled with doubt, fear, and other emotional struggles, like a normal human would be in my shoes. But I armed myself with Scriptures daily and took bold steps toward my future, one moment at a time.

Mind Over Matter was born when a year later I was working at a tech company, paid off tens of thousands of dollars of debt, and was slowly but surely pursuing this ministry for Christian women. I was rear-ended in a car accident and experiencing various injuries, including a concussion. I bought Dr. Caroline Leaf’s Switch On Your Brain and decided to avoid drugs but do her brain exercises and eat the plant-based diet to heal. It worked.

Perseverance was born when I had to go to multiple doctors every day, didn’t have my car after the accident, had to deal with multiple insurance issues, wellness exams, blood tests, MRIs, and on and on.

Failure was born two years after my first failure poem during that devastating divorce. Now, I quit my marketing job to focus full-time on this ministry. I was making my own profits, I was sharing my poetry, I published a book of autobiographical Christian fairytales called How Princess Lana Developed Faith and Fortitude, and I began painting. I felt so joyful, grateful, liberated, free, blessed, and purpose-driven! I appreciated everything that happened. Let me make it clearer: I appreciated every thing that happened, and I could see God’s perfect plan for my life. What seemed like failure two years prior was a definite blessing in 2019 when this ministry began to grow. I could finally witness and say from the other side: God’s plan is good.

Abiding In Christ vs Living In My Own Power is not just a poem, It’s actually a journal I started two weeks before I quit my job as the Director of Marketing in technology. Here’s more about What Happened When I Quit My Job at FunnelAmplified. Listen, this entire journey of doing ministry has been growing, changing, and molding me, and I have wrestled with God every moment of every day. Building this ministry, Online Discipleship For Women, has been the hardest and the most rewarding project ever. The journal has not been published but this poem gives you a preview into my daily struggles between my expectations for this ministry and God’s plan.

God always wins. I always abide in Christ.

Yet, I am a human made of flesh, so I wrestle with God, which is how my faith has grown and expanded so much. My faith is not childlike. It’s mature, well thought through, and intentional. God and I are close and He surely knows how to handle my demands and obsessions. He is good.

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People - Anna Szabo at the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs

Summary

This article shared with you my encouraging poetry. The three goals I established for myself as I embarked on the adventure of writing this blog post with Christian poems about encouragement were the following:

  • To offer you support on your journey of life
  • To persuade you to continue living your life
  • To help you believe that God has a plan and the plan is good

I hope you feel encouraged and empowered by my poetry. I help women see themselves the way God sees them. In the last few years, I’ve personally been on a quest to figuring out and conquering the negative voices in my head that distort my understanding of who I am.

I call those voices the Shitty Committee, and each of us has that special committee in our headspace. 

I’ve specifically been focusing on my identity in Christ. 

From the Bible, I discovered 52 incredibly-positive things God says about us as His children. Those 52 precious discoveries turned into 52 Biblical affirmations I created to encourage and empower Christian women. 

To help share this life-changing information with you, I created an ebook called #52Devotionals. Download it now for free

My free ebook helps you understand who God says you are. Don’t be vulnerable to identity attacks from the mainstream media, relatives, coworkers, your boss, society, culture, and the voices in your head. 

Stand firm and know what God says about you.

Anna Szabo Ebook Devotionals for Women #52Devotionals

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