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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)

TITLE: Quiet Time
By Sharlyn Guthrie
07/30/08


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I sit, Bible in hand, body erect.
I’m groggy, but the coffee’s nearly brewed.
My time with God I try not to neglect,
although unbidden thoughts sometimes intrude.”

This half an hour is His, and His alone.
I rise before my husband and the dawn
with no computer, music, or cell-phone.
Alas, five minutes is already gone.


“Lord, I invite You now into this day.”
Fly, how dare you land upon my nose?
“Be my first thought as I walk in Your way.”
Did I forget nail polish on my toes?

“Oh God, You are most worthy of my praise.”
Perhaps I ought to use another name.
“Almighty, Adonai, Ancient of Days...”
I wonder if the Packers won their game.

“Lord, forgive my weak and wandering mind.”
Is this the day I need to leave at eight?
“Into Your care my thoughts I now resign.”
I’d better hurry so I won’t be late.

“Guide and direct me, keep me free from sin.”
Can’t wait to share the juicy news I’ve got.
“Lord, please renew my focus once again.”
I’d better go turn off the coffee pot.

“Oh yes, Father, and if it be Your will,”
This is my most repeated daily prayer.
“Help my students listen and be still.”
They’re all ADHD I do declare!

~~~

“And I, unhappy one and poorest of men, how shall I bring you into my house, I who scarce know how to spend a half hour devoutly? And would that I spent once, even one half-hour worthily.” -Thomas a Kempis Imitations of Christ


“…What, could ye not watch with me one hour?” –Jesus (Matthew 26:40 KJV)


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Emily Gibson08/01/08
How did you get inside my head? Such familiar distractions and internal dialogue. Well done.
Yvonne Blake 08/02/08
**Ow**...the last stanza is the clincher.
"Oh yes, Father, and if it be Your will,”
This is my most repeated daily prayer.
“Help my students listen and be still.”
They’re all ADHD I do declare!"
Good rhythm and rhyme. Well done!
Chely Roach08/04/08
Oh my...how true. And then the footnotes...how convicting. Well done.
Karen Wilber 08/04/08
Convicted. This made me laugh because it's a bit close to home. I think I might need to print this one out.
Lynda Schultz 08/04/08
Ouch, that hurts, please don't hit me again (on second thought, go ahead, I need all the help I can get to avoid all you described so well).

Good work.
Lyn Churchyard08/05/08
OUCH! That hits so close to home!
Carole Robishaw 08/06/08
Thank you, I was afraid I was the only one who's prayer time is far too often just like this. You did hit home.
Loren T. Lowery08/06/08
I must say reading this was like reading a page out of my own journal. I'm glad to see I'm not alone in trying to calm this chasing mind. Wonderful job with the topic and the presentation.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/06/08
Wonderfully written--amazingly convicting
Joy Faire Stewart08/06/08
Great job capturing emotions and with humor. Perfect title, too. Excellent writing.