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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Life (06/15/06)

TITLE: Life Restored
By Laurie Glass
06/18/06


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Life rich with peace and joy
Was snatched away from me.
When losses overwhelmed my soul,
Confusion reigned, I lost control,
Was preyed upon by enemy.

In search of way to cope,
Restriction was my stay.
Afraid of food and gaining weight,
Each bite caused me to hesitate,
And I began to waste away.

Strong pain and grief within
Just made me want to hide.
Afraid to let emotions flow,
Deep darkness stayed – no place to go,
Felt numb and even dead inside.

Withdrew so I could stay
In isolation’s nest.
It seemed that others did not care,
And life had just been so unfair,
Although I’d tried to do my best.

My life inside and out
A far cry from before.
Strict deprivation in all ways,
And physically felt such malaise -
Results from needs that were ignored.

Foe took my life away -
Felt empty and alone.
Until I let God work inside,
Revealed what I had tried to hide -
In this, His love and grace was shown.

Began to come around,
A process that took time.
In HIS strength started eating more,
Enjoyed all that life had in store,
Was given back full life of mine.

Life rich with peace and joy
Was given back to me,
When healing touch embraced my soul,
And I let God be in control,
He filled me up abundantly.


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Marilyn Schnepp 06/22/06
Neat little poem. I enjoyed it.
Beth Muehlhausen06/23/06
I particularly enjoyed the unique rhyme scheme in this one! Powerful thoughts, too...this was my favorite stanza which says very plainly that we don't really live until Jesus is in control:

Foe took my life away -
Felt empty and alone.
Until I let God work inside,
Revealed what I had tried to hide -
In this, His love and grace was shown.

Well done. :-)
Jan Ackerson 06/23/06
This is super--the unique rhyme scheme and metrical pattern, and a message that teenaged girls need to hear. I'm clapping madly!
Linda Watson Owen06/23/06
This intriguing and beautiful poem grapples with a contemporary, real life struggle. You take your reader to the depths of need and to the heights of God's deliverance! So powerful and so eloquent!!
Pat Guy 06/26/06
My favorite is the last stanza. Awesome poem of healing, for those who need to heal.

A ministering poem to the soul, and strength to the weary.

Poignant, encouraging, tender ... and precious. :)
dub W06/26/06
Very well done. Good standard poetic form.
Kaylee Blake 06/27/06
Yes, my favortie stanza was the last. I think that a poem should always have a strong ending and you accomplished that!