Affirming The Classics

Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Affirming The Classics is a series of poems I have written that are based on some of the older, well-known inspirational poems and hymns. I am re-writing them to be full of positivity and to make them affirmations.

Although the originals are all wonderful poems, most tend to focus at least half of the poem on the negative aspects. At the time they were written this was suitable, but, nowadays we are much more aware of the importance of focusing on the positive to bring about the changes we desire in our lives. 

Many people use affirmations (positive statements, in present tense and using I, my or we) to create a change in their consistent thoughts and beliefs.

The words 'I Am' are often used in my poems, because saying 'I Am' announces the presence of God within, and are therefore powerful words of creation for whatever completes the sentence.

For those who have awakened to the knowledge that we create our own reality and therefore want to focus on the positive, these new versions of the old classics are a way to proclaim our power of Divinity.

The poems below are listed alphabetically on the surnames of the original authors, with unknown sources at the bottom. The original poem is first with my versions underneath each one.  On a couple of them I have written two poems, one staying closer to the original.

I also have an 'Inspirational Poems' blog where I share all of my poems. There, with each poem, there is an 'About This Poem' part in which I write about how each poem came to be written or more of my thoughts on the poem. 

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Affirming The Classics
Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi
1181 - 1226


Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me bring Your love
Where there is injury, Your pardon Lord
And where there's doubt, true faith in You

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope
Where there is darkness, only light
And where there’s sadness ever joy

O Master grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love with all my Soul

Make me a channel of your peace
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
It is in giving to all men that we receive
And in dying that we are born to eternal life


Affirming The Classics
I Am A Channel Of Your Peace

Trina Graves

Trina Graves
1961


I Am a channel of Your Peace
I bring Your Love
I bring Your Pardon
I bring true Faith in You

I Am a channel of Your Peace
I bring Hope
I bring only Light
I always bring Joy

O Master, with You I seek..
To Console
To Understand
To Love with all my Soul

I Am a channel of Your Peace
I forgive and I am forgiven
I give to all and I receive
We are One in Eternal Life

18th January 2018


Affirming The Classics
I Am A Channel Of Your Love, Light & Peace

Trina Graves

Trina Graves
1961


I Am a Channel of Your Peace
I Am a Channel of Your Unconditional Love
I Am a Channel of Your Forgiveness to All
I Bring Constant and True Faith in You

I Am a Channel of Your Light
I Bring Confidence in Your Ever-Present Goodness
My Light Shines United with Your Pure Radiance
My Presence Uplifts with Our Combined Perpetual Joy

I Acknowledge Oneness and Your Universal Laws
As I Comfort Others, I Am Comforted
When I Accept and Understand All people, it is Reflected back to Me
Unconditional Love is My Source, My Essence: The All-That-Is

I Am a Channel of Your Love, Light and Peace
In Oneness, I Forgive and I Am Forgiven
Whatever I Give in Life, I Always Receive
There is no end: Only Oneness In Eternal Love

28th January 2019


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God Be In My Head

Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Book Of Hours


God Be In My Head
And In My Understanding
God Be In Mine Eyes
And In My Looking
God Be In My Mouth
And In My Speaking
God Be At Mine End
And At My Departing


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God Is In Me

Trina Graves

Trina Graves
1961


God is in my head
And in my understanding

God is in my eyes
And in my looking

God is in my mouth
And in my speaking

God is in my heart
And in my thinking

God is United with me
In Eternal Oneness

11th February 2019


God Is In Me - Affirming The Classics by Trina Graves - based on God Is In My Head from the Book Of Hours - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
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Affirming The Classics
Desiderata

Max Ehrmann

Max Ehrmann
1872 - 1945


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others - even the dull and ignorant - they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is, many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with your God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your Soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.


Affirming The Classics
Desiderata Fulfilled

Trina Graves

Trina Graves
1961


Wherever I Am, I remain calm and tranquil.
I Am always at peace in the silence of my heart.
I accept all people just as they are.
My Unconditional Love and Light flows in Oneness.

I speak my truth clearly with an open heart.
I listen attentively to all the people I meet...
We exchange our stories and always learn something from the experience.
My energy of Love and Light attracts only those on the same vibrational path.
I appreciate those I perceive as having more of whatever focus I Am placing...
Their Light shines before me, as I also shine my Light for others.

I enjoy my achievements and my plans.
I know everything always works out for my highest good.
I follow my passions, so I Am guided to live in abundance, truth and joy...
Working alongside others who walk the same path.
I thank and Bless all those who inspire, in all the diversities of life.

I Am a Divine Being of Love and Light
I see this in Everyone and Everything,
as Love is All-That-Is

I gracefully change through the moments, days and years.
I let go, and let God nurture me in strength of Spirit.
I Am of the Light, therefore darkness is an illusion.
We are all One, so loneliness is an illusion.
I Am kind, gentle and loving with myself, and all others.

I Am a child of the Divine Universe.
I Am as needed and precious as the trees on Earth and the Cosmos of stars.
The Universe continually unfolds and expands for the Highest Good of The-All.

I Am at peace with my own connection and perception of God.
I Am contented knowing others will always have their own perceptions.
I Am truly at peace in the Inner-Knowing and stillness of my Divine Soul.

My powerful thoughts and beliefs create my world.
I Am living in a beautiful world of Love, Light, Wonder and Miracles.
I Am perpetually happy, because no matter what:

ALL IS WELL.

2nd February 2019


Desiderata Fulfilled - Affirming The Classics by Trina Graves. Based on Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
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Affirming The Classics
Breathe On Me Breath Of God

Edwin Hatch

Edwin Hatch
1835 - 1889


Breathe on me, Breath of God
Fill me with life anew
That I may love what Thou dost love
And do what Thou wouldst do

Breathe on me, Breath of God
Until my heart is pure
Until my will is one with Thine
To do and to endure

Breathe on me, Breath of God
Till I am wholly Thine
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine

Breathe on me, Breath of God
So shall I never die
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity


Affirming The Classics
I Breathe The Breath Of God

Trina Graves

Trina Graves
1961


I breathe the Breath Of God
I Am filled with life anew
I Am unconditional love
I do what God would do

I breathe the Breath Of God
My heart is open and pure
I am aligned with God
Now and forever more

I breathe the Breath Of God
I Am a spark of the Divine
This Earthly part of me
Glows as God's Essence is mine

I breathe the Breath Of God
Through all eternity
I know I shall never die
My Soul is God as me

8th February 2019


I Breathe The Breath Of God - Affirming The Classics by Trina Graves. Based on Breathe On Me Breath Of God by Edwin Hatch. - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
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Affirming The Classics
Open My Eyes That I May See

Clara H. Scott

Clara H. Scott & Frederick P. Morris
1841 - 1897  & not known


Open my eyes that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free

(chorus - repeated after each verse)
Silently now I wait for Thee

Ready, my God, Thy will to see
Open my eyes, illumine me
Spirit Divine!

Open my ears that I may hear
Voice of truth Thou sendest clear
And while the wave-notes fall on my ear
Everything false will disappear

Open my mouth and let me bear
Tidings of mercy everywhere
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share

Open my mind, that I may read
More of Thy love in word and deed
What shall I fear while yet Thou dost lead?
Only for light from Thee I plead


Affirming The Classics
My Eyes Are Open

Trina Graves

Trina Graves
1961


My eyes are open, I now see
The Light of truth You share with me
I have in my hands the wonderful key
My heart is open, I Am set free

Silently now I commune with Thee
I Am ready my God, for all to see
My eyes are open, You are in me
Spirit Divine!

My ears are open, I now hear
Voices of truth, pure and clear
Divine Energy speaks in my ear
Messages of love, my way to steer

Silently now I commune with Thee
I Am ready my God, for all to see
My eyes are open, You are in me
Spirit Divine!

I speak my truth and I share
Peace and forgiveness everywhere
My heart is open, I truly care
My unconditional love I lay bare

Silently now I commune with Thee
I Am ready my God, for all to see
My eyes are open, You are in me
Spirit Divine!

My mind is open when I read
Of Your love, it plants a seed
Love and Light are all I need
To blossom, grow, and succeed

Silently now I commune with Thee
I Am ready my God, for all to see
My eyes are open, You are in me
Spirit Divine!

8th February 2019


Trina Graves quote: Silently now I commune with Thee, I Am ready my God for all to see, My eyes are open, You are in me, Spirit Divine! - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
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Affirming The Classics
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Walter Chalmers Smith

Walter Chalmers Smith
1824 - 1908


Immortal, invisible, God only wise
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love

To all life Thou givest, to both great and small
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all
We blossom and flower as leaves on the tree
And wither and perish, but nought changeth Thee

Great Father of Glory, pure Father of Light
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight
All laud we would render, O help us to see
‘Tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee

Immortal, invisible, God only wise
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise


Affirming The Classics
Immortal And Visible

Trina Graves

Trina Graves
1961


Immortal and visible, God is all wise
In Light and accessible before my eyes
Most Blessed, most Glorious, in all of my days
I Am victorious as I follow His ways

Perpetual calmness and silence I find
Freewill acceptance, I’m given my own mind
I climb beautiful mountains high soaring above
And float on the clouds of His Goodness and Love

To all life God gives to both great and the small
In all life He lives, the true life of all
I blossom and flower as leaves on a tree
Eternal in Oneness as God is in me

My Father of Glory, Purity and Light
The Angels adore You, love shining so bright
All round me Your presence, I now clearly see
And Your Light is the Love around and in me

Immortal and visible, God is all wise
In Light and accessible before my eyes
Most Blessed, most Glorious, in all of my days
I Am victorious as I follow His ways

11th March 2019


Immortal And Visible - Affirming The Classics by Trina Graves. - Based on Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise by Walter Chalmers Smith - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
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Footprints In The Sand

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of this life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it, "Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me."

The Lord replied, "My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."


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Footprints Of Light

Trina Graves

Trina Graves
1961


I walked with my friend Jesus beside the sea
Knowing that with me He would always be
I was on the damp, dense sand of the Earth
He on soft, light and golden, with me since birth

We turned to look at the footprints we’d made
But only one set could I see out there laid
Weaving in and out of the waves of the sea
At various depths were the footprints of me

I recalled and went to a time in my past
Heavy-hearted, my feet sinking fast
Into the sea of life I’d gone too deep
But near to me Jesus would always keep

Looking back at our footprints I now saw
Rays of Light I did not notice there before
Straight and True His prints were of the Light
A way to Be, His Loving Path shined so bright

Then I noticed the more delicate steps of mine
Were as I moved closer and I did combine
My own path with the Light of His Way
On soft, golden sands with Him I now stay

One more lesson His Footprints came to tell
Gratitude to Mother Earth and to keep her well
He left no imprint, only Blessings of Light
My Inner Being knows this vision to be right

6th February 2019


Footprints Of Light - Affirming The Classics by Trina Graves. Based on Footprints In The Sand from unknown. - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Affirming The Classics
My Footprints In The Sand

Trina Graves

Trina Graves
1961


One night I had a dream.
I dreamed I was walking along a beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonging to me, and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that sometimes along the path of my life there was only one set of footprints.

Then I realized that it was when I moved closer to the Lord and our footsteps combined, that I was happier.
These were the times in my life I felt an abundance of love, gratitude and peace.

The Lord said to me:
"You are my beloved, precious child of the Light.
I Am with you now and forever, but you always have freewill to follow your own path.
My footprints are there beside you, to guide you, if you choose.
No matter what, I will always love you unconditionally.

6th February 2019


My Footprints In The Sand - Affirming The Classics by Trina Graves. Based on Footprints In The Sand from unknown. - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

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