Message In Stanza

Poetry and Musings

Thank you:

I was nominated by Didi for the Blogger Recognition Award. I feel privileged and thankful. Thank you, Didi. 🙂


I really enjoy Didi’s thought-provoking posts about society, love, and spirituality. Please check out his blog. It will open your eyes to the importance of human connection and love written through wonderful poetry and innovative videos.

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award.
6. Comment on each blog to let them know you’ve nominated them and a link to the post you created.

A brief story of how my blog started:

My WordPress blog started two years ago. I remember the days of having a blog back in the early 2000’s. It was perfect to get my feet wet into blogging. I would include some poetry on it as a hobby. Then I took a break from blogging. Then I met some people along the way that suggested trying to blog again. Then I got excited. Maybe I could share my poetry and really make a difference in people’s lives again.

I was so happy that I could find some many like-minded spiritual bloggers in the blogging world. Ones who shared in my writing endeavor and helped make me become a better writer. Thank you WordPress community.

My advice for beginners:

1.) It may take a little bit of time to gather a following and community but be patient with yourself. The more open you are with others, the more open they will be with you.

2.) Write from the heart but also try to write a piece where will want to join you on your journey.

My nominees:

Following Him

Loved by the King of Kings


Medha Chugh

Steve Still Standing

Poetry from the Ink Well



Boundless blessings blog

Through Ink and Image

Quiet Moments with God




Lizardin Bain

Thank you guys, again!! 🙂 😉

You got a deep cut
The doc said
Just put a band aid on it
And go on your way

You had a stressful week
The yogi said
Take one deep breath
And move forward

You need to lose weight
The nutritionist said
Eat once a day
And walk ahead

Our speed is excessive
It’s for advancement
But are we moving forward?
Or just moving in man’s ways?

You can have peace
God said
He will restore your soul
And rest in green pastures

You can have joy
God said
By the Holy Spirit
And His word will always stand

You can have patience
So many things distract
From the very source of life
Abba, our Provider

(C) Carly Wiggins 2017

Nice to be back on Message In Stanza again! 😊 I mentioned on my other site: myinksmears that my short book June’s Faith is available now in paperback and ebook! Yay! I am so excited! I hope you buy a copy and it inspires your faith! 😊 Sign up for my newsletter here on my website for sneak peaks into book 2 of June’s Faith:

I hope everyone is doing ok. 🙂 I know I haven’t been on much. I have been taking on other endeavors. I created my website which features original sermons poetry and a short story. I hope this will inspire and if you are interested, I invite you to check it out here: Also, I’m accepting donations to help support my friend Stephanie, who is undergoing breast cancer treatments. If you like to find out more, click here: All the donations will go towards her treatments. You can donate through PayPal.



Some of you may have been familiar with my other blog, My Ink Smears. I wanted to update all my wonderful followers that due to layout changes, desire for a name change and being ready for a new chapter in my life, I will be going back to this blog. It’s has been an awesome journey on Message In Stanza and I hope everyone will follow me on My Ink Smears! 🙂 There will be new content on there as well as content from Message In Stanza. See you there! 🙂

Here’s my latest post from My Ink Smears called, “How Can I?”:

Swinging to the rhythm of every droplet

Refreshing the inner child’s regret

The moments she been told no

Or she isn’t good enough

Gets cleansed in every drop


No longer a part of enemy’s camp

I have God’s approval stamp

His Holy water is the answer

He moves through every crevice

And every dry place in the heart

(C) Carly Wiggins 2020



Turbulent times

Feel like restless crimes

A storm is coming

The moving wind chimes

Test my patience


I am waiting for a tide turn

My soul is worn

No crops lasting

Maybe except for the corn

Thank goodness for that


Life give me liberty and grace

I miss my deceased loved one’s face

His divine wisdom is accurate

Even when my love I displace

He is standing there with fresh maize

(C) Carly Wiggins 2019


Pressure and insecurity
It rains down so hard
The trees roots are giving out
A life that started with purpose
Will it end in doubt?

Fear is the enemy
But it’s an constant battle
With trusting God
And not believing the lies
And feeling robbed

I want to stand on my own two feet
But my feet have splinters
Guilt rears its ugly head
Telling me at least I can walk
But each day starts with dread

God, please come through
So many hurting people
Not willing to admit they are broken
I need deep reassurance
Not some wishful hopin’

Time to reach out for help
And love where people are at
Don’t judge and don’t compare
But leave that up to Jesus
When life seems unfair

When all dreams come crashing down
And you feel like you have nothing to offer
Pick up the shattered glass
Sweep up the cobwebs of your heart
Trust God will allow this time to pass

(C) Carly Wiggins 2020


God will provide a way. Sometimes you feel pushed to the limit. But He is exceeding your concept of how much you can take. He is a good Papa.

Hebrews 12:4-11 says, “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.”

Out of my greatest struggles, come my greatest victories. Stay close to God. Love and promise is on the other side of pain.



I need to replace these pencils with paint

Then I need to widen my palette

Eventually, I’ll find inspiration


I would like the mind of C.S. Lewis

I want heart of Mother Teresa

I desire the faith of Christ


As I dabble on the canvas

I reflect on my internal hues

Some smears and light strokes


If I ever want to reflect the nature before me

I have to stop procrastinating

And just start painting


Intellect, love and faith

They will come in due time

Confidence comes in sketches

(C) Carly Wiggins 2019