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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Desire (01/17/05)

TITLE: Be Still
By Joyce Poet
01/18/05


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Changes in the path
of the winds of time
are only destructive
to buildings
whose foundations
are made up of sand.

While the whirlwind
of grains
were yet stinging my face,
I learned:

It throws one off balance
to step forward
while looking backward

and it's never too late
to tear down
the old
and build up anew.

Better yet,
find new shelter,
altogether,
in Him who is
The Holy Foundation.

With those winds,
so changes desire;

Inhaling only hope
for a brighter
tomorrow,
a more prosperous day,
something better,
more love,
more fame,
or even something so simple
as more roses

leaves little room
in one's lungs
for an air of contentment
on the pathway that is
this very moment.

Be still
and breathe Him in,
now,

should the sun
not rise again
for your eyes.
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All scriptures -- NIV:

Matthew 7:26-27 "But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain cam down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

I Timothy 6:6-7 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

Psalm 46:10-11 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah


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Dan Blankenship01/24/05
Very nice! :-)

I wouldn't change a thing on this one.

Mitzi Busby01/24/05
Your piece spoke volumes to me. It was so simple, yet so profound. Contentment is so hard to achieve. It reminded me that I must cease striving in my own life and be still...wait and enjoy this wonderful journey we are all on. Thanks for the blessing!
L.M. Lee01/24/05
loved the lung lines and being still... very good
Kathy Cartee01/25/05
Beautiful I enjoyed this very much.

Kathy
Dave Wagner01/26/05
I always read poems out loud - helps me to concentrate. There are some nice thoughts and lines in here, which I appreciate. The rest is either too deep or too vague to strike a cord in me - which is the sign of a good poet, I think!
KAREN FASIG01/28/05
Be still
and breathe Him in,
now,

This line made me stop and think and take a deep breath of Him.

Thank you
Phyllis Inniss 01/28/05
I too like "Be Still" The very stillness is a time for meditation and thinking of Him. Nice poem.
Deborah Anderson01/28/05
I really liked this. God bless you.
Debbie OConnor01/30/05
Love it. It throws one off balance to step forward while looking backward -- too true. And always longing for something yet to come does keep contentment at bay. The conclusion, breathe Him in, be still -- just beautiful!