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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)

TITLE: A Mother's Blessing
By Verna Cole Mitchell


“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

God bless you, Little Baby Dear,
Here cradled in my arms.
You’ve captured Daddy’s heart and mine,
Enthralled us with your charms.

May God, our Father, keep you near
And cover you with grace,
And may your life reflect His peace
From His own blessed face.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13)

The threads God used within my womb,
When He was knitting you,
Had many strands from family
Of past and present, too.

I pray you have your father’s strength,
Your mother’s tender heart,
And from the generations past,
The best from each a part.

“Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16)

God knows what lies ahead for you,
Of happiness your share,
The troubles that may come your way,
And sorrows you will bear.

He’s written down each day you’ll live
Until your days are done.
He did this all before your birth,
Not leaving out a one.

“ ‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ” (Jeremiah 29:11)

I’ve no idea what you’ll be,
What jobs you will secure,
But in this is my confidence:
God’s plans for you are sure.

He’ll prosper you and give you hope.
You need have no alarm.
As He’s prepared your future,
He has not included harm.

“…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

When Jesus came to earth to die
For your sins to forgive,
He promised He would be with you
As long as you would live.

And though you’re just a wee babe now,
Mere “possibility,”
With God to bless you, you’ll become
All He wants you to be.

(Scripture quotations from NIV)

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Charla Diehl 08/27/09
This blessed poem should hang in every child's room all over the world--loved the way you wove your verses around the scripture. Beautifully written and spititually felt. Hope this places high.
Mariane Holbrook 08/27/09
This is so tenderly written and then to have it undergirded with select verses of Scripture makes it very, very special. I loved this one in particular:
"The threads God used within my womb,
When He was knitting you,
Had many strands from family
Of past and present, too."

It's so picturesque and shows in those few words why every person is so unique. The possibilities are endless, just as the promises of God are endless for the little one who grows up under the careful mentoring of the parents to place his/her faith in Christ Jesus. This is beautiful and I would love to see it illustrated in a book! It would also make a great gift--printed in a fine script, matted and framed--for a new mother or an expectant one to hang on the wall of the baby's bedroom. Big time Kudos on this one!!
Bryan Ridenour08/27/09
Beautiful poem and my favorite section is the same as Marianne's. Wonderfully written and presented with foundational scripture. Nicely done!
Gillian Dobson08/28/09
This is absolutely beautiful and I love the Scriptures which remind us of God's loving plans for each precious child that enters the world.
Mona Purvis08/28/09
Love the gentleness, truth, love and faith of this special piece.

Joshua Janoski08/31/09
This poem has it all. A masterful mix of sweetness, sincerity, and faith all mixed together with scriptures to support each stanza. Wonderful wonderful wonderful! :)
Joni Andrews 09/01/09
Just precious. One of my favorites this week.
I love it! Thank you.
Jan Ackerson 09/02/09
Wonderful, Verna! I like stanzas 3 and 4 the best--and the whole poem is one that I'll share with Piper and her parents.
Karlene Jacobsen09/02/09
Absolutely stunning! I love how you wove in the scripture with each pair of stanzas.
Laury Hubrich 09/02/09
This is very special.
Pamela Kliewer09/02/09
Having just seen our daughter 'leave the nest' (our only child) this really touched me... I'm sitting here crying. Thank you.
Loren T. Lowery09/03/09
When words fall so perfectly into place like this, one can only say the author was born to write it. No one else could have done the weaving better - God left it to you and I know He is well pleased. I agree with a previous comment that this should be framed and hung in nurseries everywhere. Congratulations! Well done, indeed!
Betty Castleberry09/03/09
Congratulations on your EC, Verna. This is a comforting poem for new moms, and full of hope for the babies. I really enjoyed it.
Yvonne Blake 09/03/09
Beautiful...Beautiful !!!

I love this, Verna. It's a keeper.
Jennifer Galey09/03/09
What a beautiful tapestry expressing the miracle of life!!