Love Changes Everything

“I’m never going to get married
My animals are all I need”
The young girl would often say
To whoever would take heed

Then one day she met someone
And took a chance of fate
Would he be the one for her
The consequence may be too great

He thought she was too young for him
But she did not agree
The wait seemed endless for him to choose
Somehow she’d make him see

Before too long they were together
A couple, an item, a pair
Their love for each other began to grow
As more time they began to share

The future for her began to change
Now there were new ideas to explore
How happy she’d be with him by her side
To love and be loved forever more

At first there were the wedding plans
Which had to change when fate stepped in
A baby on the way to complete the change
So much joy these events will bring

Due to a difference in religion
Their marriage will not be trouble-free
But love will carry them over many hurdles
Respect and truth, give and take, cést la vie

Trina Graves – 24th April 2002


About This Poem

This poem is about my youngest daughter and the beginning of her relationship that began with many doubts because of a difference in religion (she was non-religious, but brought up in a family background of Christianity, and he was a Jehovah’s Witness) and an age gap of eleven years – which although at some stages makes no difference, did at that point because she was only eighteen.

They married in May 2002 and now have one daughter (16) and three sons (14, 6, 4), along with two dalmatian dogs (who have had two litters of puppies in recent years!) As with all marriages there have been many ups and downs, but their love gets them through.

My daughter is now more Spiritually inclined and her husband is no longer a Jehovah’s Witness, but still believes in many of their teachings. Their children have not been brought up to follow any ‘religion’ but have learned from their father about his faith and from their mother of her thoughts and ideas. And of course, I talk to them about my own Spiritual belief and, with the older ones, encourage them to search for their own truth.

Love Changes Everything - poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By

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The Most Perfect Prayer

Title Quote: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Prayers are said the world over
In a variety of different ways
Many pleading for assistance
To ease their saddened days

Most are taught as little children
Prayers to say before they sleep
Generations passing down words
Children’s Souls, they aim to keep

For some, prayers are repeated
Words they learned ‘off by heart’
Repetition brings them soothing relief
Releasing thought right from the start

Even those who do not believe
In the existence of a Greater Power
Will ‘pray’ in their own way to receive
Throughout life, a Blessings Shower

Whatever you’re version of prayer
I respect your truth and your way
I, like all, have my own beliefs
I follow my own path, wherever it lay

In deepest truth there is no right or wrong
The intention of the prayer is the key
Our beliefs throughout life are just perfect
In each moment, for who we came to be

Prayers are uttered to many ‘Gods’
Time and religion changes the name
But in Essence, they are all One
And we too, are of the same

One single grateful thought raised
To Heaven is the most perfect prayer
Feeling the prayer is already answered
Will manifest blessings everywhere

Like many I believe that Gratitude
Appreciating all my Blessings each day
Is the ultimate communication of prayer
Thankfulness felt in every word I say

I Commune with the Forces-Of-Creation
The All-That-Is, Source-Energy of Love
I surrender my Heart and Soul to the flow
And unite my own Light with God above

Trina Graves – 25th September 2017


About This Poem

Although I used the quote from Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729 – 1781)  

One Single Grateful Thought Raised To Heaven Is The Most Perfect Prayer.’

for the title of this poem, I also wanted to incorporate a quote from Gregg Braden (1954) I heard years ago watching one of his videos, that really stuck with me. 

‘Feel The Feeling As Though The Prayer Has Already Been Answered,
And In That Feeling We Are Speaking To The Forces Of Creation,
Allowing The World To Respond To Us.’

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