Still Water Reflections


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Sharing a poem I wrote earlier this month. Initially I titled it Examination Day, but after going back and forth with hubby about all the possibilities- I just went with the sheep by still waters…

May your self- reflection always  reveal an abundance of grace within, that you may be able to abundantly give it.  For such times as these…


I have an idea…

for you


to keep you from judging your peers,

to help you not criticize your neighbor –

the one who brings out your fears…

that person you just don’t get



Am I judging my peers,  criticizing my neighbor?

Do I? Am I?


I have an idea, for you-

to keep you from logs in your eyes,

to keep you from tripping over them

to guard against compromise,


to help you listen, really listen to another

not just think your thoughts

while they talk

and you supposedly listen,

waiting to interject- and inject your



Do I listen, really listen?

Does my compassion and empathy rise

or do I just wait to stop pretending

I’m listening?


Do I listen? Do I lie?


I have an idea for you,

to keep you from corrupt


to help you not discuss with others,

what was never meant for discussion.


To keep you from speaking lies, disguised

as truth,  or masqueraded as prayer

but lacking the one thing that matters

before words are ever spoken about another :




Is grace my motive to speak?

Do I love that which I speak of?

Am I guilty of slander or gossip?

Do I hate?

Do I? Am I?


I have an idea, for you-

one to keep you shining like gold,

one to help you reign in your tongue

whether you’re young or old:


Do you grumble under your breath,

murder others with your speech,

excusing your comments and conversation

before you begin to preach?


The words that flow from your mouth,

may seem wise in light of today,

but if you don’t stop the flow,

how can you ever pray?

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dawnlizjones
    Jun 11, 2017 @ 10:46:49

    Scheduled to repost this for next month. Super thoughts!!! THanks.



  2. bethanyk
    Jun 11, 2017 @ 13:21:06

    I love this. I love poetry that makes me think and that I can connect to . Wonderful!



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  4. dorissavanover
    Jul 20, 2017 @ 14:45:12

    Your poem is true and very moving, inspired! May God bless you as you work on your manuscript.



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