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Judith Gayle Smith
royalline@qwest.net
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Repentance and life change are not well known terms
to those whose salvation means naught.
When humility and sorrow within our hearts burn,
we are grateful for what GOD has wrought.

"Too harsh!" You may cry, "Why, GOD loves us so -
HE knows that we'll often misstep..."
Seems to me, if you know that, wherever you go -
your hearts will behold every step!

The sin that's "unknown" is confusing to GOD
Whose Heart HE imparts to us all -
the conscience that pricks when e'er we do wrong
forewarns us lest we slip and fall.

"Confess with thy mouth, believe in thine heart"
are often misused or forgotten.
Whenever we feel ourselves yielding to sin
is when we must cry out, begotten

children whose Father's ever firm grip
will pull us from Satan's deep mire.
But will HE reach us if we turn on HIM
to ignore HIM to follow our desire

to do unholy acts that lead only to death
and break GOD'S pure heart to HIS sorrow?
When to GOD does belong our very last breath -
or care we not for the morrow?

My brothers, it's late, and GOD'S testing is nigh,
and soon all the earth will be shattered
by GOD'S trumpets' blasts through the light'ning skies
to show us just what truly mattered!

Head bowed, I now sit, my pride brought down low
when I think of HIS truths I ignored.
When deep down I know I have nowhere to go
but down on my knees with HIS Word.

Psalm fifty-one, a most penitent prose
that speaks my heart full to my sorrow -
now refreshes my soul, recharges my life.
It gives courage to face each tomorrow.

Through humility, repentance, and HIS Hand to Grip
I know that He is my all, yes my all -
I hold tight to HIM when I'm tempted to slip
and to Jesus I desperately call!

And you who, patiently read this, enduring,
reading my self-examination and feel
that your own heart now is impatiently burning
with questions aplenty, and your minds a-reel -

please follow me in sweet humbleness deep
as we seek through repentance to yield
our self-serving sins, once so precious to keep -
to Jesus, the Christ - pure holiness revealed.

He'll direct us and guide us to GOD'S own dear heart,
Who waits with the good saints of old...
to welcome us home, where we'll never depart
from the glorious wonders of HIS Heavenly fold.

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Mat. 7:21 "Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father, which is in heaven."

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Grace - GOD'S Power!

"Of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues."



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The following comments are for "The Call..."
by royalline

The Call
Judi,

When I started to read this I enjoyed your poetic style and the way you were getting your message across.

For me it then, unfortunately, went on too long and I started to lose interest. Most of it appeared to be padding and an overemphasis of your message, or indeed a seperate message.

However, stanza's 1,2 3, 4 and 7 together make a very powerful and thought provoking piece that stands alone:
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Repentance and life change are not well known terms
to those whose salvation means naught.
When humility and sorrow within our hearts burn,
we are grateful for what GOD has wrought.

"Too harsh!" You may cry, "Why, GOD loves us so -
HE knows that we'll often misstep..."
Seems to me, if you know that, wherever you go -
your hearts will behold every step!

The sin that's "unknown" is confusing to GOD
Whose Heart HE imparts to us all -
the conscience that pricks when e'er we do wrong
forewarns us lest we slip and fall.

"Confess with thy mouth, believe in thine heart"
are often misused or forgotten.
Whenever we feel ourselves yielding to sin
is when we must cry out, begotten

My brothers, it's late, and GOD'S testing is nigh,
and soon all the earth will be shattered
by GOD'S trumpets' blasts through the light'ning skies
to show us just what truly mattered!
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This is only a personal opinion, but to me it changes the piece to one I can fully enjoy, both in your excellent poetic style and power of message.

It is hard to remove stanza's that mean so much to a poet personally in order to strenghen a poem, but I have found it better to use the discarded 'thoughts' in another piece which could be equally as 'hard hitting'.

Thank you for an interesting write,

Ivor

( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: October 24, 2004 )

The Call...
Thank you Ivor! Your constructive critique is very much appreciated. This poem is a true story about my personal struggle with coming to Christ, and therefore it was pretty long...!

( Posted by: royalline [Member] On: October 27, 2004 )





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