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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Outbreak (04/07/11)

TITLE: One Little Ember
By Carol Penhorwood
~5th Place


One Little Ember

Standing naked in my spirit,
I admit my need for You,
What was flames now more like embers,
Times with You have grown too few.

I remember burning brightly
Basking in Your love outpoured,
Living daily in Your presence,
Finding joy once more restored.

Those the days I felt Your wooing,
Cradled by a love so rare,
Those the days I found a shelter,
No more room for fear, despair.

Fan the flame, Lord, deep within me
For I long for Your embrace,
I confess worldly distractions,
Help me to my steps retrace.

In Your love I found such pleasure
And a peace beyond compare,
Fill anew, sweet Holy Spirit,
So o'erflowing, I can share.

Start with me, one little ember,
So a roaring flame ignites,
May a holy conflagration
Lift our nation to new heights.

“Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.”

Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596)

It begins with one little ember.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

Accept Jesus as Your Savior Right Now and be Certain of Eternal Life.

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Lillian Rhoades 04/14/11
I so embrace your heart's cry.
Your poem borders on one of my favorite by Amy Carmichael which ends this way: "Let me not sink to be a clod: Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God!"

Great devotional, and excellent job with rhythm.
Linda Wright04/15/11
I love everything about this poem... the rhyme and rhythm are perfect. But I mostly love the message you have expressed so perfectly and that I relate to. When I can put a name to this poem I will keep it in my bible. Thank you.
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/15/11
Beautiful poetry--beautiful inspiraton.
Helen Curtis04/17/11
How many times have I wanted to pray this prayer but not known the words to say. This is a beautiful reminder of our need to stay in God's awesome presence.
Loren T. Lowery04/18/11
Your poem so aptly expresses what Sir Francis Drake implored centuries ago. It seems to be part of the human condition - our faith, like dying embers needed to be breath of the Holy Spirit to stir/fan us. Well done!
Sharlyn Guthrie04/18/11
well written and heartfelt. I especially like the first line. That's how God wants us to come before Him.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/19/11
This is beautiful, the verse you whose was perfect.
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/21/11
Congratulations on EC placing with this wonderful poem!
Mariane Holbrook 04/21/11
Oh my dear friend, this is your heart's cry and mine, too. This is so beautifully written, so sensitively developed that all Christians can relate to it, especially at this time when our nation and the world is in such need of a massive fanning of The Flame.

I'm so proud of you for entering this poem. It's such a well-deserved win!! I love you!
Sharlyn Guthrie04/21/11
Congratulations on your EC! I knew this was a winner when I read it the first time!
Edy T Johnson 04/21/11
Congratulations, friend! What beautiful poetry from your poetic heart---I'm thinking that even when embers lie seemingly dormant, they may not be dying embers. Rather the hidden fires can be burning more deeply to produce even greater light and warmth when the conditions are just right. I think that depth is revealed in your poetry. Hugs!
Eliza Evans 04/21/11
Really, really beautiful. So glad this will be published for others to read and be encouraged by.

Do you know the rest of that poem by Drake? :)
Debra Hindman04/27/11

"Start with me, one little ember,
So a roaring flame ignites,
May a holy conflagration
Lift our nation to new heights."

Agree! Let it be!

This is an entry I would like to share with friends who are pray-ers...they would "see" the significance of their seemlingly little ember's.

Thank you! Uplifting and encouraging.
Joni Andrews 06/20/11
Really touches deep into the heart and soul. Thank you for writing this and sharing it.
Carol Penhorwood 08/25/14
"Some Christians are good enough people: they are like wax candles, but they are not lighted. Oh, for a touch of flame! " (Spurgeon)