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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: Testimony in rhyme
By Dennis Fletcher


I was born fatherless, a product of sin
My life, it seemed, sadly predestined
My mother let depression set in
My beginning already looked dim.

Early years, my life seems to stop
Remembrance of things I wish I forgot
Forced to do things Iíd rather not
Sharpest memories of summers so hot

My mind is a blur, no memories abound
My childhood years, not much is found
What memories I have, I try to keep around
Not much was done in my little farm town

A father I got, still a child was I
Love came in, I was hardening from life
We were poor in money, strong in strife
Often I thought to end it all with a knife

I turned twelve, a new thing I found
The flow was steady, alcohol would abound
Not sure how I did it, but it was always around
My mind became numb, I removed every sound

My teen years full of demons, sin became a friend
Drugs ran my life, alcohol ran in every blend
Pornography and fornication, did I seem to lend
Hell was I destined myself would I gladly send.

Graduation from High School came and went
Now an adult, I was surely hell bent
Parties and pleasure, heartache and pain
Military service started, I felt like I was insane.

The demons in my head grew and grew
The alcohol consumed me, but nobody knew
Secret pleasures allowed me to bid this life ado
Anger, pain and frustration began to stew

Suicide became the solution I sought
More and more, the demons I fought
Alcohol controlled my every thought
The military helped to thicken the plot

In my mind the thoughts twisted and turned
The hatred and the pain began to burn
Once again, an end began to churn
From my addictions and failures I could not learn.

Now, letís fast forward, past family deaths
Letís bypass broken relationships and past regrets
Letís speed through college and cute fluffy pets
Weíll end up stopping this train and pull out the steps

I was asked to go to a concert, so I caved
March 15, 1997 is when I first heard of streets gold paved
Ray Boltz played songs with videos displayed
And I learned that I needed to give all and then He saved

My demons and addictions that night did flee
Jesus, my Savior, finally found me
He changed my life, to my surprise and my glee
He entered my heart and made me complete

Now I think of life everlasting
I write to tell of love thatís lasting
I tell others that I serve a God surpassing
His wish that all would come just asking

My life it seems, spared for His good works
He took me in with all my quirks
Now Iím forgiven, you can be too
He called to me so he will call to you.

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Patricia Casey05/24/07
I love your rhyming testimony. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story of God's mercy and love. In Jesus' Name, Patricia
Sheri Gordon05/24/07
Thank you for putting your heart and life out there to share with us. This had me captivated from the beginning. Good job.
David Butler05/26/07
Held me from start to finish. Appreciate you sharing your life with us like this.
Traditionalists may say that there needs to be more consistency in your style and meter, but that's hard to do when you're telling a story. Really good effort.
Joy Faire Stewart05/26/07
Wow! I couldn't wait for the next verse. This is an amazing story...excellent writing.
Kenn Allan05/26/07
A moving testimony which should be shared - the world needs to see that even a race which begins on the wrong foot can end in victory! This is a skillful depiction of a soul saved in rhyme.
Valerie Routhieaux05/27/07
Wonderful testimony of His love for you. Well written.
Rhonda Clark05/27/07
Wonderful testimony. Good job.
Benjamin Graber05/30/07
Inspiring testimony - Thank God for his grace!
Rita Garcia05/30/07
"He took me in with all my quirks" Awesome line! Thank you for sharing yourself in such a wonderous way!
Patty Wysong05/30/07
What a great way to share a testimony. Very clear and concise, yet you captured it and it flows. excellent.
william price05/30/07
Super job. Loved the message. God bless.