Inspirational Poems
& Words To Live By

Spiritual Quotes To Live By

These Inspirational poems and stories are all positive words of wisdom to uplift your spirit and give guidance to living a life of love, peace and happiness. Everything on this page is from unknown sources, for known people please take a look at Spiritual Inspiration Poems.

If you would like to read more inspirational verse then you could take a look at Sympathy Verses, and Words of Sympathy which although are about dying, I find them to be uplifting as they show that love is eternal. There is also a page of Wedding Sayings & Verse with many poems about love.

Inspirational poems and stories are listed alphabetically
on the title or first line.

Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 Inspirational Poems:
An Old Man Walking Along A Beach

An old man walking along a beach at dawn noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Catching up with the youth he asked what he was doing.
"The starfish will die if they are still on the beach when the sun roasts them with its mid-morning heat," came the answer.
"But the beach goes on for miles, and there are millions of starfish," countered the old man. "How can your effort make any difference?"
The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and threw it safely in the waves.
"It makes a difference to this one," he said.

Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 Inspirational Poems:
Believe In Yourself

Believe in yourself and in your dream
Though impossible things may seem
Someday, somehow you'll get through
To the goal you have in view
Mountains fall and seas divide
Before the one who in his stride
Takes a hard road day by day
Sweeping obstacles away
Believe in yourself and in your plan
Say not - I cannot - but, I can
The prizes of life we fail to win
Because we doubt the power within

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 Inspirational Poems:
Blessed Are They

Blessed are they who understand  
My faltering step and shaking hand.  
Blessed are they who know my ears today  
Must strain to catch the things they say.  
Blessed are they who seem to know  
My eyes are dim, my mind is slow.  
Blessed are they with cheery smile  
Who stop to chat for a little while.  
Blessed are they who make it known 
I'm loved, respected and not alone.

Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 Inspirational Poems:
Deep Peace

Deep peace of the running water to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.

Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Inspirational Poems:

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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 Inspirational Poems:
God Is Love And He Enfoldeth

God is love and He enfoldeth
all the world in one embrace.
With unfailing grasp He holdeth
every child of every race.
And when human hearts are breaking
under sorrows iron rod.
Then they will find the self-same aching
deep within the heart of God.

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 Inspirational Poems:
Heaven's Very Special Child

A meeting was held quite far from earth.
"It's time again for another birth,"
Said the angels to the Lord above,
"This special child will need much love.
His progress may seem very slow,
accomplishments he may not show,
and he'll require extra care
from the folk he meets down there.

He may not run, or laugh, or play,
his thoughts may seem quite far away
in many ways he won't adapt
and he'll soon be known as handicapped.
So let's be careful where he's sent,
we want his life to be content.

Please Lord, find the parents who
will do a special job for you.
They will not realise right away
the leading role they're asked to play,
but with this child sent from above
comes stronger faith and richer love.
And soon they'll know the privilege given
in catering for this gift from Heaven;
their precious charge, so meek and mild
is Heaven's very special child."

Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 Inspirational Poems:
I Got Up Early One Morning

I got up early one morning
And rushed right into the day
I had so much to accomplish
That I didn’t have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me
And heavier came each task
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered
He answered, “You didn’t ask.”

I wanted to see joy and beauty
But the day toiled on, grey and bleak
I wondered why God didn’t show me
He said, “But you didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into God’s presence
I used all my keys at the lock
God gently and lovingly chided
“My child, you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning
And paused before entering the day
I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray.

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 Inspirational Poems:
May The Road Rise To Meet You

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sunshine warm upon your face.
May the rains fall softly upon your fields.
Until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

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 Inspirational Poems:
One Tree Can Start A Forest

One tree can start a forest.
One smile can begin a friendship.
One hand can lift a soul.
One word can frame the goal.
One candle can wipe out darkness.
One laugh can conquer gloom.
One hope can raise your spirits.
One touch can show you care.
One life can make a difference.
Be that one today.

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 Inspirational Poems:
Pray, Don't Find Fault

Pray, don’t find fault with the man who limps
Or stumbles along the road,
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears
Or struggled beneath the load.
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt,
Though hidden away from view.
For the burden he bears – placed upon your back,
Might cause you to stumble too.

Don’t be harsh with the man who sins,
Or pelt with words or stones
Unless you are sure – yes doubly sure,
That you have no sins of your own.
For you know perhaps that the tempter’s voice
Should whisper soft to you
As it did to him when he went astray
And would cause you to stagger too.

Don’t sneer at the man who’s down today,
Unless you have felt the blow
That caused his fall – or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.
You may be strong – but still the blows
That were his – if dealt to you
In the self same way – at the self same time
Might cause you to stagger too.

Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 Inspirational Poems:
The World Is Mine

Today upon a bus I saw a lovely girl with golden hair;
I envied her... she seemed so gay... and wished I were as fair.
When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle;
She had one foot and wore a crutch, but as she passed a smile.

Oh God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two feet... the world is mine.

And then I stopped to buy some sweets.
The lad who served them had such charm, I talked with him.
He said to me: "It's nice to talk to folks like you.
You see," he said, "I'm blind."

Oh God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two eyes... the world is mine.

Then walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes of blue.
He stood and watched the others play;
It seemed he knew not what to do.
I stopped for a moment,
then I said, "Why don't you join the others, dear?"
He looked ahead without a word,
and then I knew he could not hear.

Oh God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two ears... and the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I'd go.
With eyes to see the sunset's glow.
With ears to hear what I would know.

Oh God, forgive me when I whine;
I'm blessed indeed...The world is mine.

Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 Inspirational Poems: 
To Be Glad Of Life

To be glad of life because it gives you the chance
to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.
To be satisfied with your possessions
but not contented with yourself
until you have made the best of them.
To despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness
and to fear nothing except cowardice.
To be governed by your admirations
rather than your disgusts.
To covet nothing that is your neighbour’s
except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners.
To thing seldom of your enemies,
often of your friends
and every day of Christ.
And to spend as much time as you can
with body and with spirit
in God’s out-of-doors.
These are the little guide posts on the way to peace

Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 Inspirational Poems:
When You Are Lonely

When you are lonely...
I wish you love.
When you are down...
I wish you joy.
When you are troubled...
I wish you peace.
When things are complicated...
I wish you simple beauty.
When things look empty...
I wish you hope.

Spiritual Quotes To Live By

 Inspirational Poems:
You'll Find When You Smile

You'll find when you smile
Your day will be brighter
And all of your burdens
Will seem so much lighter.

For each time you smile
You will find it is true
Somebody, somewhere will
Smile back at you.

And nothing on earth
Can make life more worthwhile
Than the sunshine and warmth
Of a beautiful smile.

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