I met Tonya back in Jan. ’09, since then she has been a regular in the park with her daughter and husband. She has been a blessing helping serve and cook for the park always there no matter what, but she is also someone our friends have grown to love and lean on. This past Christmas Eve I had the chance to get together with her and a few other friends and completely unexpected received this beautiful gift of prayers and poems that she had written. I sat here the other night and read it over and over, each time learning more about the heart of this beautiful lady, each page bringing a tear to my eyes. I found some of my own thoughts and struggles expressed in her words, but also found Hope and Joy in them as well. I thank you Tonya for sharing with me…it has and will continue to be a blessing to me. She has given me permission to post her poems and prayers in my blog, so from time to time I will be posting one. I pray that they touch you as much as they have touched my heart………..Love you Tonya!
(This is Tonya’s introduction to her poems and prayers)
T’S POEMS & PRAYERS ll..
I enjoyed putting together my Poems and Prose from my earlier days in my Creative Writing classes so much that I continued in the same vein to share some of the more recent things I’ve written. In Jan. ’09, I began writing Poetry again. It had been awhile since I had expressed myself this way.
Many of these Poems have helped resolve the turmoil within, as well as express my true feelings. I think that’s why Writing has become really a way of life for me. It has given my heart a voice, and for that I am truly grateful…Some of these poems were born from a place of complete honesty within myself. When I came to terms with my earlier days of shame from a horrific childhood to a place in my mid-thirties when I discovered the love and passion of my Papa-God. -Tonya Haught
WHO AM I?
…I am someone who is familiar with sorrow,
But walks hand in hand with joy.
…I think I know a lot, but the moment I admit I do,
I realize how much I don’t!
….I am both a Wise child, and a Foolish adult.
…I am a Paradox.
…I am carefree and somber,
Full of laughter and pain.
…I am not Afraid anymore.
…I am not alone.
…I struggle under the weight of Life,
But I walk upright!
…I choose not to despair because to do so,
Is to turn your back on God…I will not!
…I break His heart…and He heals mine!
…I am Poor, but worth millions!
…I am my Daddy-God’s greatest treasure!
…I am Amazing Grace!!!
Th…1997 Tonya Haught