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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Up and Down (04/02/09)

TITLE: A Christian Primer
By Verna Cole Mitchell
04/06/09


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Stand up to all of Satanís wiles;
Fall down in prayer when facing trials.

Lift up your voice in thankful praise;
You wonít slump down in dreary days.

Donít let your well of joy dry up;
Godís rain comes down to fill your cup.

Look up to Him who knows your way;
Youíll not go down a path astray.

Grow up by reading in Godís word;
Donít stay held down by sin deterred.

Give up your will and stubborn pride;
Kneel down to find Godís grace applied.

Reach up when tempted to do wrong;
Heíll send down power to make you strong.

Hold up the standard that is right;
Donít let down in your Christian fight.

Bear up beneath a heavy load;
When you fall down, His strengthís bestowed.

Pick up your stumbling Christian friend;
He wonít drop down to troubled end.

Lay all your treasures up above;
Lay down your life to God in love.


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Connie Dixon04/09/09
Loved your title and the "basics" of the up and down Christian walk. Good insight.
Lynda Schultz 04/09/09
Love the way you applied the ups and downs.
Charla Diehl 04/09/09
Great message found among the ups and downs of this lovely poem. Thumbs up from me.
Loren T. Lowery04/09/09
Couldn't help but nod my head up and down to the truths revealed in this poem. It has a feel to it that seem to belong on a stitched sampler. Nice job!
Mona Purvis04/11/09
Simple enough for a child to grasp...that's the gospel, isn't it?
Loved this truth boiled down to essentials.
The writing complimented the simplicity of the contents. Wonderful!
Mona
Jan Ackerson 04/12/09
Lovely and simple--would make a great recitation from an elementary Sunday School class.
Beth LaBuff 04/12/09
I especially like "Donít let your well of joy dry up; -- Godís rain comes down to fill your cup." Your final stanza is powerful! You have so many creative uses of "up and down" which are perfect for teaching. Your title is perfect!
Karlene Jacobsen 04/12/09
Put 'em down then pick 'm up.
I lite that.
Chely Roach04/12/09
How perfectly put, in so few words. Loved it!
Bryan Ridenour04/13/09
Loved the poem. As I read each line, couldn't wait for the next "up" and "down". Well done!
Sheri Gordon04/13/09
Excellent, Verna. Such a powerful message in straight-forward speak. :)
Carol Slider 04/13/09
A very good use of the topic to describe the basics of the Christian life.
Ruth Ann Moore04/15/09
I was amazed with each new up and down. So well done and inspirational.
Diana Dart 04/15/09
So creative - love the title and the great visuals all throughout.
Beckie Stewart04/15/09
Great truths and reminders. Thanks for this poem of encouragement.
Betty Castleberry04/15/09
Wonderful illustration of the topic. I really like the last two lines. Well done.
Yvonne Blake 04/15/09
It would be great if our children learned to read with such strong spiritual teachings!

Very creative..loved it!
Pamela Kliewer04/15/09
The cadence of this is just beautiful with a wonderful message we'd all do well to heed.
Kimberly Russell04/15/09
I don't usually care for poetry but I really liked this- nicely done.
Peter Stone04/16/09
Loved the contrasts and wonderful Christian truths. And how some ups were good, and some downs were good.
LauraLee Shaw04/16/09
This is phenomenal. Wow, just perfectly masterful.