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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Rest (01/17/13)

TITLE: Worthy Goals and Weary Souls
By Charla Diehl
01/23/13


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Are you clawing your way to the top of the heap
For fade away treasures that no one can keep,
Are you bone weary tired in a world such as this--
Saddened by family times you’ve already missed?

Stop what you’re doing--recognize the grave error
That yoke ‘round your neck is laden with terror,
Fearful of failures, or worse, losing your jobs
Secular expectations--do they outrank God’s?

Possessions and money bind some with heavy chains
The world is buying souls, but who receives the gains,
Tempers flare and minds may snap--the pressure gets too great
Push, push, then push some more--so CEO’s can celebrate?

Child, there’s another way, open up your heart to Me
I want to give you rest on earth, and for all eternity
Peace will come, I promise--slow down, receive My calm
Weariness will dissipate, My love can be your balm.


These words are a lifeline to those exhausted by the pace
Who put in lengthy hours to gain momentum in their race,
Though goals may be attained, still no time to relax--
“That’s good but now do better,” words that keep each slave on task.

With priorities in balance--God, family, then yourself
Life falls into place, so put your worries on a shelf,
Decisions with His guidance make for joyous attitudes
Rest just cannot happen till the spirit is renewed.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Rest without spiritual rest is incomplete. Karen Burton Mains


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Myrna Noyes01/24/13
Your title piqued my interest, and the first stanza hooked me right away! What an important message is shared in this excellent poem! The 4th stanza where God is talking is another favorite of mine. His words exuded peace for the soul! Great job! :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/25/13
Wow! This style is my favorite type of poetry. I seem to get it more when I read it in a familiar rhyming pattern. Maybe I'm taking comfort from my Dr Seuss days, which seemed like yesterday, but as you point out in your powerful piece, I need to stop pining for days gone by. I feel like God looked into my soul and know the exact words I needed at this exact second and placed them in your talented head. It means a lot to me. you've touched my heart in ways I can never express.
CD Swanson 01/25/13
This was great! I loved it, the way it flowed and the message it told.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/31/13
Congratulations for ranking 35 overall