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Diamonds in the Sand is an inspiring collection of poems written by Judith Ansley. Judith explains how the title is a metaphor used to describe how Jesus compares to the rest of the world. No one expects to go to the beach and find diamonds in the sand. As in life, through all of the disappointments, failures, and regrets we experience, God offers us beauty for our ashes.

Jesus can help us turn it all around, and change our lives into something great, something unexpected.

The poetry in Diamonds in the Sand uplifts our spirits and considers how we can defeat the chains of pride, selfishness, and self-destruction. Through her poetry, Judith explains why it is important for each of us to believe in Jesus Christ.

May your faith be set in motion, may your misery fade, and may God's angels encamp around you always, as you experience God’s love through a poet’s eyes.

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The Poetry Has A Message

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A Rose in the Night

Life will be full of obstacles and various trials. At times, things may appear to fall apart. You may get weary and tired, you may lose some things along the way, and you might even feel like you've lost your strength. However, God’s word cannot return to Him void. (Isaiah 55:11). You can and will overcome because God is still the King.

On the Horizon

(A poem against sin, hate, fear, and selfishness)

There are many things that can keep us from fully giving our lives to God. There may be some part of our life that God desires us to change but we may not be ready. It can be the choice of a significant other, a flaw in our character, or fear may be holding us back. Many people will hear God's instruction or even feel His presence, but will still refuse to surrender. The choice is up to you.

The Windowsill Escape

(A poem for abused women)

The windowsill provides an escape from reality for an abused woman. Many people in similar situations feel as if they have no way out. They may also feel like they are alone. This poem was written to provide comfort to such women.

Heroin Dad

(A poem against drug addiction)

I want people to understand the harsh reality of drug addiction. Addiction to drugs can ruin your life. For many people, a chance to make a better choice becomes too late.

God... Why?

(Questions for God)

This poem was written to provide an answer to a few difficult questions that many people have for God.

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Contents


Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
A Note from the Author xii

A Rose in the Night 1
Take Me 2
On the Horizon (A poem against sin, hate, fear, and selfishness) 4
Satan’s Deceit, Part 1 (A poem against suicide) 5
God’s Voice, Part 2 (A poem against suicide) 8
The Windowsill Escape (A poem for abused women) 11
Crucified (From a poet’s point of view) 12
This Thing of Old 14
Remember These Words 15
Heroin Dad (A poem against drug addiction) 16
God. . . Why? (Questions for God) 17
Lilly’s Grave (A lesson in drinking and driving) 18
Tears in a Bottle 21
Don’t Wake up in Hell 22
Masquerade 24
My Story 26
Guilty as Charged 28
Wake up, World 29
Repentance Scriptures 31

Bonus Poem 33
To My Daughter (A poem for all women) 33
Featured Poet 35
“Andrea Douglas-Wilson” (Meeting of the Mind) 35
Author’s Insight 37

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Diamonds in the Sand

A Book of Poetry



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Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
A Note from the Author xii

A Rose in the Night 1
Take Me 2
On the Horizon (A poem against sin, hate, fear, and selfishness) 4
Satan’s Deceit, Part 1 (A poem against suicide) 5
God’s Voice, Part 2 (A poem against suicide). 8
The Windowsill Escape (A poem for abused women) 11
Crucified (From a poet’s point of view) 12
This Thing of Old. 14
Remember These Words. 15
Heroin Dad (A poem against drug addiction) 16
God. . . Why? (Questions for God) 17
Lilly’s Grave (A lesson in drinking and driving) 18
Tears in a Bottle. 21
Don’t Wake up in Hell. 22
Masquerade. 24
My Story. 26
Guilty as Charged. 28
Wake up, World. 29
Repentance Scriptures. 31

Bonus Poem 33
To My Daughter (A poem for all women) 33
Featured Poet 35
“Andrea Douglas-Wilson” (Meeting of the Mind) 35
Author’s Insight 37

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A Rose in the Night

As darkness moves across the sky, a rose’s color appears to fade.
Soon it will be morning, but a rose is still a rose in the shade.

Its petals still flow, crimson red, because God still wears the crown.
A rose is still a rose, even when the sun goes down.

Though the night may seem too long
and the moon may stop giving light,
the rose was given thorns of strength
long before the coming of the night.

The rain may fall before dawn, and the wind may begin to blow,
but what you think might crush this rose,
is exactly what it needs to grow.

The rose may stand alone, and its leaves may begin to wither.
A few of its petals may fall,
but God is always there, even in the winter.

Nothing can stop the power of God—
not withering, not time, not fright.
As a plane is still a plane, and as a bird is still a bird,
a rose is still a rose in the night.

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On the Horizon

A poem against sin, hate, fear, and selfishness

I saw an image on the horizon.
It appeared as the shadow of a man.
A fire burned deep inside me,
but still I kept my sin in my hand.

He walked along the horizon,
His image engraved my soul,
but I held tightly onto hate;
love had never made me whole.

This image on the horizon.
it began to draw me near.
I wanted to run and embrace it,
but stood still because of fear.

As I glanced across the horizon,
the image cried out to me,
but I couldn’t hear past my own voice,
allowing selfishness to mislead.

I saw an image on the horizon.
I choose to never clearly see,
not knowing that image is God,
and He’s reaching out to me.
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The Windowsill Escape

A poem for abused women

She sat in her living room, alone in the dark,
when the breeze from the fan spread the curtains apart.

No one knew her troubles or why she loved the windowsill.
The sun would shine through, reminding her how to feel.

In her world, where abuse was all that she knew,
she began to feel peace as the sun beamed through.

As her worries faded, she would drift into a dream.
In that precise moment, nothing was what it seemed.

The sun would carry her into a faraway land—
a land of purple clouds, rainbows, and diamonds in the sand.

Her bruises turned to blooming flowers and then to shooting stars.
Her broken heart was forgotten as the angels erased her scars.

She noticed other women there dancing near the bay.
They too took a journey on a windowsill escape.

Any time she felt unhappy, or if tears began to surface,
she’d run to the windowsill, for only she knew its purpose.

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October 2015
Contact: Judith E. Ansley
Email: ja.author4@gmail.com


New Poetry Collection Seeks to Teach and Inspire Christians in Today’s World


Uplifting words of hope and faith are put to poetic form in a new book by author Judith E. Ansley. “Diamonds in the Sand” is a collection of poems highlighting what it means to be a Christian living in a broken world. The poems beautifully address very real issues that people of all faiths may deal with on some level such as pride, domestic violence, suicide and addiction. The book is slated for release in Fall, 2015 and will be available online at createspace.com, and amazon.com

The writings in this book were inspired by biblical scripture, the author’s own walk in faith, as well as situations she’s witnessed in the lives of others. Ansley sought to create an inspirational book that could be enjoyed by families and individuals seeking encouragement along their own spiritual journey.

Many of the poems are both personal and universal as they address topics that many believers deal with at some point during their exploration of faith. Ansley is available to speak more about this engaging new book and how she translated scripture and faith into lovely poems to inspire others. She can be reached via the contact information listed above. For more on “Diamonds in the Sand,” visit createspace.com and amazon.com

About the Author: Judith E. Ansley is a writer, poet, and a follower of Jesus Christ. She received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Fort Valley State University, and currently resides in Georgia. This is her first published book.

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Judith E. Ansley

Author's Insight on Diamonds in the Sand

Many people think to become a Christian means that you become perfect, which is not true. Christians are tempted, can be deceived, and will make mistakes just like everyone else. Although God has brought me a long way in my walk with Him, I still have a long way to go.

As Christians, sometimes we have to avoid putting ourselves in certain situations so that we will not be led away from God.

Intentionally entertaining sin can cause the stunt of our spiritual growth, can lead us into a state of confusion, or can cause us to experience unnecessary pain. God knows what is truly best for us, and He loves everyone the same way.

Also, the message I am trying to convey in the poem, “Don’t Wake up in Hell,” is that the person ignored every chance they had to receive Jesus Christ into their life. I do not believe that reading the Bible or attending church guarantees anyone a spot in Heaven. Ultimately, the person in this poem completely rejects Jesus Christ in every way.

In closing, I know there will be people who will agree with me and also people who will disagree with me. With that being said, everyone is entitled to have their own opinion. Although I choose to live a certain way, this does not mean I expect everyone else to live that way as well. In my life, I was not always living for God, according to the Christian belief, but eventually my life changed.

Remember, you do not have to change before you can come to Jesus. Come to Him the way you are. He will help you change for the better. I hope you have enjoyed reading this book of poetry, and I also hope that you will share it with your friends, family, and many others.

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