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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Guard Your Heart (06/08/12)

TITLE: The Sentinel
By Marlene Bonney
06/14/12


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Jesus lives within my heart,
Invited there by me;
Reigning over all its rooms,
He guards, continually.

Ever mindful of the threats
Of idols, lurking ‘round;
Showing me those impure things
That, left unchecked, abound:



Pride and envy, greed and hate,
Take root in fertile ground
Tilled and sown with thorny snares,
Prepared for those hell-bound.

Little lies are not just white,
But fester, turning black;
Growing thistle-d tentacles,
Transforming into plaque.

Double-meaning T.V. shows,
Indecent, vulgar jokes,
Worm their way in, stealthily,
Contained in clouds of smoke.

Tempting thoughts break through the door,
Forbidden habits wake;
Pushing through all old resolves,
Preceding standards break.

Selfishness parades as “rights”;
Expected, as deserved;
Creeping independence sways
My actions—unreserved.

More of me and less of Him,
Until He is no more
Ruling, living, in my heart,
For grace becomes ignored.



Jesus lives within my heart,
Invited there by me;
Reigning over all its rooms,
He guards, continually.



Daily reading from His Word
That keeps me from disgrace;
Weeding out persisting gods
That want to take His place.

Always watchful day and night,
To keep the world at bay;
Passing up the temporal
And taking time to pray.

Filling up spare time with deeds
That make Him proud of me:
Serving fellow man with love,
And living honestly.



Watch, therefore, and pray and heed
The precepts in God’s Word;
Seeking His forgivenesses,
His promises assured.

Jesus lives within my heart,
Invited there by me;
Jesus lives within my heart,
And there He’ll always be!


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Margaret Kearley 06/15/12
What a fantastic poem- such wonderful words of truth put in a lovely, readable style. Right on topic. Great to read - and to take to heart! Thankyou
CD Swanson 06/17/12
This touched my heart! I loved this beautiful and poignant entry. Thank you so much. God bless~
Sharon Eastman06/18/12
The imagery was good and it was understandable. - a good message with beautiful writing.
Charla Diehl 06/20/12
This piece was precise, to the point and right on topic. Rhythm and rhyme made this flow easily while the repeated verse sent a solid message to your readers. Good work!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/24/12
I just love this piece, you really opened my eyes to the many ways I inadvertently have left my heart unguarded. I often have wondered why suddenly my thoughts can turn negative and I begin to loathe myself. Thank you so much for the insight.