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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)

TITLE: The Mother Load
By Nancy Hardy


Leaders come in many forms,
Not all are destined fame.
A few are self-sequestered,
Rejecting spotlight’s flame.

I know of one such leader
Who leads with gentle hand.
Such power in her whispers,
I’ve yet to understand.

She never led an army
To victory’s sweetest spoils.
Nor ever earned a medal
For all her earthly toils.

No fancy corner office,
Filled with lofty accolades.
Just a messy little junk draw
And a smile that never fades.

She governs well a household
In times both lean and stout.
Giving God the glory,
Her trust in Him devout.

Wise always is her counsel,
As to the Lord she led,
Her tiny little daughter,
Receiving daily Bread.

Her strength is in her weakness,
Or so she’ll always say:
“God’s grace is all-sufficient,
His presence is my stay.”

She taught, to be a leader
Your ‘self’ one must deny.
Pick up the cross of others
And hold God’s banner high.

Though time has slowed this leader,
Her tread no longer swift.
Mom’s sweet and tender guidance-
My family’s greatest gift.

When her time on earth is through;
Her tasks are all complete.
That’s when God will call her Home,
And waiting there, will greet.

On that bright and cloudless morn,
In heaven’s Great Beyond.
“Well done, My faithful servant!”
Her Savior will respond.

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Criss Bertling03/21/05
Touching poem
Gene Hisey03/22/05
What a pleasure it is to see another poem in this set! I was beginning to think I am the only one who writes poetry! Very interesting poem! Gene Hisey
Lynne Gaunt03/22/05
This is really good. I loved how you kept the identity of the person a bit secret as your poem unfolded, but as you neared the end I knew who you were talking about and thinking of my own Mom's face made me all teary-eyed. Thanks for this heart-felt poem. Very nice job.
Kathy Cartee03/23/05
I love your poem.

It is very well written.

A great tribute to Mothers.

donna robinson03/23/05
This is more than a well written poem; I think you captured the true heart of a leader and one that is often over looked. Just a beautiful tribute to the true leaders of the world.
Suzanne R03/23/05
Beautiful. I echo the other comments above.
Gloria Laroza T.03/24/05
Beautifully written poem !
The message captures my heart as a mother, and inspires me to lead by example. Good job!
Karen Deikun03/24/05
Wonderful poem! The title was well chosen as the poem spoke of a humble mother's heart.
Delores Baber03/27/05
Beautiful! I worked with young girs who felt that they had to work outside the home when they married or else they would be a leech on their husband. How they missed the grandest of a mother's role. How I wished I had had this poem to share with them. Is truly is inspirational! Keep sharing your gift.
Debbie OConnor03/28/05
Another beautiful poem by Nancy. Just delightful!
Mitzi Busby03/28/05
Well done. Tremendous job, Nancy. Thanks.
Cheri Hardaway 03/28/05
Very nice! Makes me proud to be a mother! Blessings, Cheri
Chris Miller03/28/05
I enjoyed your poem. Congratulations!
Deborah Porter 03/29/05
Nancy, congratulations on a well-deserved win. 2nd place in the Level 2 Champion Challenge and 4th place in the Editor's Choice is really a credit to you. It may be worth considering a move up to Level 3 from the start of next quarter. If not, you will need to move up if you place in the Editor's Choice again in the future. But for now, congratulations again. You deserve it! With love, Deb (Challenge Co-ordinator)
Karen Treharne03/30/05
Congratulations Nancy. A moving poem that so reminds me of my own mother, who has been with our Savior for 4 years now. What a blessing to have such an example to follow. We are both blessed by our mothers, and now many will be blessed by your testimony. A very feel-good read. Thanks and may God continue to bless your writing as you honor Him. In Christ's name, Karen
Crista Darr04/03/05
Oh Nancy, it's beautiful. I'm reminded of Proverbs 31, "Her children rise up and call her blessed." Your poem is not only a loving tribute to your mom but an inspiration to all mothers. Thank you.
Carol Shaffron04/05/05
Your gift to write is clearly evident in this piece. (don't have a lot of time to read often) It inspires and motivates to honor one's mother and think much about the blessing a mother is.
darlene hight04/13/05
The flow of this poem is perfect. It really should be sent out for consideration to some magazines,ezines. It is just beautiful and a great reminder of a high calling. Blessings!