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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Confident (07/05/07)

TITLE: As the Vine brings forth the harvest


My hope is boundless, by His love-
A Love that healed my broken dreams
Touched by expressions of the cross,
Iím confident Heís made me whole.

His grace complete, I'm full of joy-
A Joy that springs from sorrows past;
As far as east is from the west,
I count upon my Savior's grace.

ďYour faith has saved you, go in peaceĒ-
A Peace transformed from inward strife
Flows as a river through my soul,
Iím confident my heartís restored.

Let me trust you, give me patience-
A Patience that will change my day,
Perseverance is my weakness;
In Christ alone I find my strength.

Mercies flow, with gentleness-
A Gentleness that soothes my heart,
Thereís no other so meek and mild
Iím confident His mercies flow.

His heart overflows of goodness-
A Goodness that flows with His tears;
From helplessness He saved my soul,
What a comfort He brings to me.

Willing to trust him, I have faith-
A Faith that comes in knowing Him
With little faith I do possess,
Iím confident itís all I need.

My Shepherd leads, with meekness-
A Meekness that gently shows me
He seeks the lost and holds them close,
His wayward lambs are guided home.

My daily struggle, self control-
A Self Control to get me through,
He gives me courage to endure
Iím confident in God, my Rock.

Of righteous fruits, I ask in prayer-
A prayer that my heart desires;
As the Vine brings forth the harvest,
My soul responds with confidence.

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Shari Armstrong 07/12/07
Simple, powerful, lovely!
Pat Guy 07/12/07
Wow ... this IS lovely. I love the flow of confidence throughout ... this is really, really, beautiful.

It really is.
Dee Yoder 07/12/07
Wow! Lovely and flowing and just...wonderful. How creative and encouraging your poem is. Your writing is beautiful.
Beth LaBuff 07/13/07
The word pictures are very good. I can almost hear this sung as a hymn.
Lauren Bombardier07/14/07
Well, poetry is not my strong suit, but I have to say I really liked this. There are a couple stanzas where I stumble in the rhythym a bit, but that doesn't detract from the experience over all. It's beautiful.
Edy T Johnson 07/14/07
This is like a well-woven tapestry and a touching prayer that I can see, with just a bit of editing for rhythm, made into a hymn. Such a sweet spirit comes through your words.
Amy Michelle Wiley 07/14/07
I like the repetition in each of the first two stanzas and what a lovely idea to do a poem with each of the fruits of the spirit. Charming!
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/15/07
A prayer--a praise--a lovely poem.
Kate Grey07/15/07
Lovely thoughts. This could be sung to the tune of "He Leadeth Me". :)
Joanne Sher 07/17/07
Absolutely beautiful. This brought a peace to my heart as I read it. You truly soothed my soul. Thank you.
Elizabeth Baize07/17/07
This is such a beautiful poem. I really like how you used the fruits of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 as your outline. This was a blessing!
Benjamin Graber07/17/07
Great job, Chrissy... This is a wonderful poem. I like how you tied together all the fruit of the Spirit.
My only thought was that I would like to see more imagery in this poem, but it looks like from all the positive comments you got that you don't need to... :-)
I think you've got a shot at placing somewhere with this one!
Sara Harricharan 07/17/07
Simply beautiful! This gave me goosebumps. The tone, the free verse, the imagery-all excellent. I liked the theme of spiritual fruits and I loved the little 'pictures' for each of them. Way to write, Chrissy! ^_^
Joy Faire Stewart07/17/07

This sounds like straight from the heart. It touched mine! Excellent writing.
Loren T. Lowery07/17/07
The fruits of the spirit in free verse. How creative and how powerful and now more easily remembered.
Great work!
Patty Wysong07/17/07
This was beautiful. I loved how you 'used' the fruits of the spirit. Truly a praise and a prayer.
Kristen Hester07/17/07
This is beautiful!
Jan Ackerson 07/18/07
How absolutely beautiful!
dub W07/18/07
Well written, simple, and to the point, a wonderful message in verse. The bolded words might not have been necessary, understatement is the most powerful tool of a poet.
Jacquelyn Horne07/18/07
Encouraging words.
Dixie Phillips07/18/07
Loved the line righteous fruit... Made me stop and reflect. Also loved the "Fruits" in bold font. Very Impressive!
Terry R A Eissfeldt 07/18/07
Amazing way to have a fresh look at the fruit of the Spirit. Superb!
Brenda Welc07/18/07
Great poetic piece. This was a great work!
Janice Fitzpatrick07/18/07
Beautiful Chrissy! Love it! Imagery and description great! This was neat to see a poem from you as I have enjoyed yur stories and now I enjoyed your poem just as much. Thank you for entering this lovely piece, it really is an inspiration. Janice+-
David Butler07/18/07
I've seen how the "Love" theme can relate to all the 9 fruits, but this is an excellent lesson on how "confidence" relates to them. I hadn't seen that before.

Traditional poetry (the school I was brought up in) may say "Where's the rhyme?" or "Tighten the meter a bit!"
But if it comes across poetically, it's good poetry to me. Well done.
joe hodson07/19/07
I know nothing about poetry, but I really enjoyed this. I love that our strength and confidence comes from God, and it's reassuring to know that God blesses our little faith. Great read - powerful and true. Thanks!