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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bold (emotionally) (08/30/07)

TITLE: Would I Stand?
By Dianne Janak


If someday I were chosen to stand before kings,
I wonder, how would I fare?
Would my words speak Truth to manís royal ears ,
With no flattery that seeks to ensnare ?

Would I be separate from those caught in their lusts
Of their love for money and gold ?
Would the words of my lips show the love in my heart,
That only my Saviour can mold?

If someday I were chosen to stand before kings,
I wonder what would they see?
A pure-hearted saint untouched by the world,
Boldly claiming that all could be free?

Would my faith be enough to carry me through,
Without being frozen in fear?
Would I not compromise my lifelong beliefs ,
With no stumbling or bursting in tears?

If someday I were chosen to stand before kings,
I wonder what would they hear?
Would the sword of the spirit emblazoned in gold
Cut through to the kingís royal ear?

Would my purpose to live unstained by the world
Be apparent in the midst of its kings?
Would it carry me through persecutions and trials
Like currents on a young eagleís wings?

If someday I were chosen to stand before kings,
I wonder how would they feel?
To hear that their kingdoms were headed to hell,
Unless to my Jesus they kneeled.

Preparation and study are the keys to success
Never knowing what the future may hold
Each moment I spend on my knees at His feet
Helps insure that my words will be bold.

Someday Iíll be chosen to stand before kings
And I know just what will transpire
A warrior stands ready to beat down his foe
Setting all satanís kingdoms on fire.

Lord, help me stay pure, untouched by the world,
With heart focused to please only Thee,
So when I am chosen to stand before kings,
Your Word will set captives free.

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Dee Yoder 09/06/07
I think every Christian has asked these questions of themselves. God empowers us when we're called on to give an account, at least when we have the smarts to ask for His help first! Your poem flows well.
Janice Cartwright09/07/07
Lovely poem. Your words bring to mind the scripture that admonishes us to take no thought for what we will say, rather allow the Holy Spirit to speak for us. But you are right that our lamps must have oil and that happens on our knees before God. You are a good poet!!
Linda Watson Owen09/09/07
Oh, you've captured some wonderful images in this straight-to-the-heart, true-to-life poem! Yes, this speaks directly to the question all Christians surely ask of themselves, and it gives an answer that boldly glorifies Christ. Write on inspired poet, and may God use your gift to His glory!
David Butler09/16/07
Inspiring. Stirring. Prophetic. You've captured the keys here for authority to influence even the kings of this world - seeking His face and keeping your heart unstained. Yes, fight on, bold warrior-writer.

In regard to the poetic form, you've chosen my favourite 6-8-6-8. Although there are no strict rules for poetry these days, I think most readers look for consistency. I find I have to rehearse the verse in my mind, then adjust things if they don't fit the meter/rhythm etc.
Then again, my verse hasn't always scored that highly here.
David Butler09/16/07
Oops! That should read 8-6-8-6.
Jacquelyn Horne09/19/07
Does make you wonder where we would stand, doesn'nt it?
David Butler09/19/07
Sorry, but I've just gotta add this.
Looking over it later, I could see from the lead-ins on some lines that your rhythm & meter is consistent after all. Maybe some wording could be tweaked a bit to make it flow more smoothly for that style. I liked the "stand before kings" theme reiterated.