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FC: Smiling through theStorm | By: Faith Saunders | Photo taken by: Don Saunders | Photo Taken By: Don Saunders

1: Smiling Through the Storm | By: Faith Saunders

2: Table of Contents | Title Bring The Rain Start Where You Stand Worth While Pain Learn To Wait Smiling thru the Tears Untitled The Sick Childs Prayer Describing the Pain Doctors Questions Author Information Bibliography | Page 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 | Author Mercy Me Berton Braley Ella Wheeler Wilcox Elsie Robinson Unknown Pamilla deLeon- Lewis Faith Saunders Faith Saunders Faith Saunders Faith Saunders Faith Saunders Faith Saunders

4: Bring The Rain By: Mercy Me I can count a million times People asking me how I Can praise You with all that I've gone through The question just amazes me Can circumstances possibly Change who I forever am in You Maybe since my life was changed Long before these rainy days It's never really ever crossed my mind To turn my back on you, oh Lord My only shelter from the storm But instead I draw closer through these times So I pray Bring me joy, bring me peace Bring the chance to be free Bring me anything that brings You glory And I know there'll be days When this life brings me pain But if that's what it takes to praise You Jesus, bring the rain I am Yours regardless of The dark clouds that may loom above Because You are much greater than my pain You who made a way for me By suffering Your destiny So tell me what's a little rain So I pray Holy, holy, holy Is the Lord God Almighty

5: I chose this song because of its message,and because it describes my attitude toward life. This song to me represents what it means to be a Christian. To me it says God I am yours, so use me in whatever way you need to. I try to imitate this song when I am going through a rough time, and also on a daily bases. I try to smile through the rain. | http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/instants/rain/dance_in_the_rain.jpg

6: Start Where You Stand Written by:Berton Braley | Start where you stand and never mind the past The past won't help you in beginning new; If you have left it all behind at last why, that's enough, you're done with it, your're through; this is another chapter in the book; This is another race that you have planned Don't give the vanished days a backword look Start where you stand.. The world won't care about your old defeats if you can start anew and win success the future is your time, and time its fleet And there is much of work and strain and stress; forget the buried woes and dead despairs Here is a brand-new trail right at hand The future is for him who does and dares Start where you stand .

7: I chose this poem because of its uplifting message. In this poem it stays to forget the past. I like that saying because to me it means that your past mistakes wont matter, you can begin anew.This poem is powerful because it basically says no matter what you have done or what mistakes you have made, tomorrow is another day, a day to start brand new. Just like God says you can. | Photo taken By:Dorothea Lange

8: Worth While Written by:Ella Wheeler Wilcox | It is easy enough to be pleasent, When life flows by like a song, but the man worth while is the one who will smile, When everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, And it always comes with years And the smile the praises of earth Is the smile that shines through the tears. It is easy enough to be prudent When nothing temps you to stray, When without or within no voice of sin Is luring your soul away But it's only a negative virtue Until it is tried by fire, And the life that is worth the honor of earth Is the one that resist desire By the cynic, the sad, the fallen ] Who had no strength for the strife, the worlds highway is cumbered today; They make up the sum of life. But the virtue that conquers passion And the sorrow that hides in a smile, It is these that are worth the homage on earth for we find them but once in a while.

9: This poem makes me think of children who have cancer but can still smile and brighten your day.It makes me think of a child I knew named David who had cancer but in spite of that he knew there was a God. David eventually converted his whole family to Christianity. Though David died, because of his strength and belief his parents and sister were able to keep going and continue the fight against cancer. This poem to me is a testament to all children who smile in spite of their suffering. | http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2010/01/22/article-1264149141458-07F2DC87000005DC-222470_636x426.jpg

10: PAIN Written by: Elsie Robinson | Why must I be hurt? suffering and despair, Cowardice and cruelty, Envy and injustice, All of these hurt. Grief and terror, Loneliness and betrayal And the agony of loss or death- All these things hurt. Why? Why must life hurt? Why must those who love generously, live honarbly, feel deeply All that is good-and beutifull Be so hurt, Whle selfish creatures Go unscathed? That is why- Becasue they can feel. Hurt is the price to pay for feeling. Pain is not accident, Nor punishment, nor mockery By some savage god. Pain is part of growth The more we Grow THe more we feel- the more we feel-the more we suffer, for if we are able to feel beauty, We must also feel the lack of it- | Those who glipse heaven are bound to sight hell. To fealt deeply is worth anything it cost. To have fealt Love and Honor Courage and Ecstasy Is worth-any price And so-since hurt is the price Of Larger living, i will not Hate pain, nor try to escape it. Instead I will try to meet it Bravely, bear it proudly: Not as a cross, or a misfortun, but an oppertunity, a privilge, a Challenge-to the God that Gropes within me

11: I chose this poem because it describes my conflict with my illness. I somtimes wonder why? Why me? That is usually when I am in self-pity or trying to make it through a bad episode. I think I am being punished for somebody else’s crimes. Other times I know that there could be no love without hate, and know joy without suffering. For If there was just one we would not enjoy, or hate it as much because it would be what we always expected. That is why god has trusted a select few that he knows can deal with the pain. He has great rewards in store. This poem to me represents giving your life into God’s hands and excepting what he gives you whether it is pain or love and knowing it is a privilege that he chose you. | http://photos.demandstudios.com/150/52/fotolia_1016748_XS.jpg

12: Learn To Wait Written by: unknown | Learn to wait-life's hardest lesson Conned, perchance, through blinding Tears; While the heart throbs sadly echo To the tread of passing years. Learn to wait-hope's slow fruition; Faint not, though the way seems long; There is joy in each condition; Hearts through suffering may grow strong. Thus a soul untouched by sorrow Aims not a higher state; Joy seeks not a brighter morrow; Only sad hearts learn to wait.

13: I chose this poem because I can relate to it. When I was fourteen and dealing with headaches and seizures it took my doctors months to believe me. After they started to believe me it took them months to act on their conclusions, and months to find out the cause. That was a very trying time for me, but | now that I have come through that I have better patience, and understanding to those who do. This poem represents that time in my life and others. It is a symbol of what I went through and what I have gained because of the pain I suffered. | http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Z4W2zfWq12M/SiQJY0YhZVI/AAAAAAAABLU/8sVNeofvkbE/s400/Eye_Clock.jpg_thumb.jpg

14: Smiling Thru The Tears Written by: Pamilla deLeon- Lewis Times are good and times are bad. I’ve had happy days and sad. Through it all I understand; It’s not my choice, fate dealt the hand, So I play the hand I have, I’m not a quitter; I won’t starve. I feel the pinch; I feel the pain. The pressure’s on; I won’t complain. I am strong; I persevere. God is on my side; I have no fear. I must admit, the wear and tear Is the main reason I adhere; To my faith, my hope, my God; I can’t do it alone, I need the Lord. There are days I am so depressed, I’m overcome with loneliness. I’m on my knees, I’m deep in prayers. I’m overwhelmed, and I’m in tears. Who would believe the craziness? I never thought it would be like this. I am sustained by God who cares. Look, I am Smiling Thru The Tears. \

15: I chose this poem because it was empowering moving and a testament of faith. This poem was written by a victim of breast cancer. She had decided that she was not strong enough alone but through God she could deal with the pain and smile. I Have tried to do the same thing she has done and lay all my pain and problem down on the lord and with his help I have carried them as a lighter load. I believe as does she that through God all things are possible, and with his help we can smile through the pain. | http://revivingidentity.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/woman_praying.jpg

16: I am content But still in pain I am tired But get up any way I am nervous So I talk louder I'm shut out So I scream and holler I'm not normal But neither are you But I know I can make it through I can endure Almost anything But most of all I’m just me I love my life Even through strife I know that it will be worth it For God’s way is perfect | Untitled Written by: Faith Saunders

17: I chose this poem because it is simple and to the point. I like the message, and the power behind it. I wrote this poem one morning when i was tired and in pain but I knew I need to go to school. I think it was the second day of school.On the previous day while people had talked to me, I knew they saw me as different, but in truth I didn't care, and I knew they were right. | Photo taken by: DAviis Saunders

18: The sick child’s prayer Written by: Faith Saunders Dear god you lay me down to sleep I hope the pain will ease And doctor will have good news And no tests or surgeries Dear god you lay me down to sleep My mom I hope you bless For as she watches over me She can't hide all the stress Dear god you lay me down to sleep This sickness I want to leave For all the pain and other things Seem to always be Dear god you lay me down to sleep So bless me through the night Please keep away the nightmares Those give me an awful fright Dear god you lay me down to sleep As I finally drift away I hope I will sleep through the night I hope to see another day Dear god you lay me down to sleep I just wanted to say Thank you for blessing me Thank you for this past day

19: I wrote this Poem during a hospital stay at Baptist Children’s hospital. I wrote this poem because when I was little I would always read the child's prayer, which has a similar format. Unlike that poem this poem is designed specifically for me so I felt it was more personal. During that stay I wrote many prayers but they were mostly self-involved, I liked this one the best because it wasn’t whining, also because I wanted to pray for my mother. Although I was in pain I think that hospital visit in particular was probably almost as hard on her as it was on me, because she had to watch me suffering day in and day out. I also like this poem because it gave me a chance to thank God for what he had done. | http://inlinethumb29.webshots.com/47900/2601208150044753948S600x600Q85.jpg | http://family.webshots.com/photo/2601208150044753948LclASh

20: Describing the Pain Written by: Faith Saunders It feels like it will kill me when the pain gets really bad It feels like I will suffocate Like this is all I have It feels like I am being crushed Or like I'm about to explode All I can say Is it's painful All I can say is it hurts It feels like my lungs are dying Like my stomach is caving in Like my head is pounding pressure Like nothing is my friend When it gets past a seven I wish I could be I heaven I hate this evil pain I'm in I wish it would just end But I know God has a plan I Know somehow my pain will fit in I know somehow I will make a difference So I smile through my sufferance

21: I wrote this poem durring a very difficult time. I had just gotten home from the ER, where they said they couldn't help me. I wrote this so my doctors could get a better feel for the pain I was in, and mayby be able to do something about it. This poem was my pain, but even through the pain I knew that somehow someway God would use me. I knew that whatever pain I had gone through Jesus had gone through way worse. I knew ultimatly in the end it would be worth it. | http://abcnews.go.com/Health/LivingWithPain/

22: Doctors Questions Written By: Faith Saunders The pain I hide is deep and familiar The questions you ask Are repeated over and over Where is the pain what is the number Is it pressure pounding stabbing oh wonder? You don't understand I need it to stop This pain I have makes me shudder The sickness I have makes me ponder. but through all of this I still know everything is in God’s plan And somehow these difficulties will come to fit in

23: I wrote this poem durring a dificult time in my sickness. I wrote it so my doctors would know how frustrated I was, that they just asked me questions. They couldnt understand how much pain i was in. I knew that even though I was suffering, God was somwhow going to use my pain in a positive way.I knew that even though I couldnt see it something good would come out of it. | http://blog.bioethics.net/2009/03/what-are-doctors-asking-teen-patients-about/

24: About the Author: Faith Saunders was born in Baytown Texas on May first 1995. She is the fourth of five children. When Faith was ten years old her family moved to Beijing China for her fathers work. When she was eleven her mother and her youngest brother along with her moved to Stillwater Oklahoma, because her parents got divorced. At the age of fourteen Faith suddenly contracted lung nodules, that eventually went away. During this time Faith suffered headaches and seizure. Faith’s doctors eventually found a brain cyst on her brain stem. Faith also suffered from stomach problems. Faith is now 15 years old and still suffers from these ailments and others. Faith decided when she first got sick that though she was in pain she would smile, and she would make it through the storm that had become her life.

26: Bibliography | Braley, Berton. ``Start where You Stand.’’ Poems that Touch the Heart. Alexander. 1540 Broadway, New York, New York 10036: Doubleday Dell Group Publishing Inc., 1956. Book. DeLeon-Lewis, Pamela. Smiling Thru the Tears: A Breast Cancer Survivor Odyssey. United States of America: Publish America, 2005. Book. ``Learn to Wait.’’Poems that Touch the Heart. Alexander. 1540 Broadway, New York, New York 10036: Doubleday Dell Group Publishing Inc., 1956. Book. Mercy Me, 2006. Bring The Rain. Coming up to breath CD. Tennessee: INO Records. Robinson, Elsie. ``Pain.’’ Poems that Touch the Heart. Alexander. 1540 Broadway, New York, New York 10036: Doubleday Dell Group Publishing Inc., 1956. Book. Wilcox, Ella. ``Worth While.’’ Poems that Touch the Heart. Alexander. 1540 Broadway, New York, New York 10036: Doubleday Dell Group Publishing Inc., 1956. Book. .

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