The Stillness of Poetry, Part 2

“Be Thou my Sun, my selfishness destroy,
Thy atmosphere of Love be all my joy;
Thy Presence be my sunshine ever bright,
My soul the little mote that lives but in Thy light.”
–Gerhard Tersteegen
On such a day as this, with our Land facing such inner turmoil,
 my own heart is choosing to look up,
to remain in that place of
Stillness before my God.
He is the ruler I will cling to,
when all else might feel shaken,
He remains constant
and ever loving.
“The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us.”
And, thanks to the encouragement of my dear blogging friends 
I have taken another “poetry plunge”
and taken on a new challenge
issued by poet and author, Ronovan Hester,
for his weekly Haiku Challenge at
This week the word prompts are
Flame & Kiss,
and the challenge is to use both words in a Haiku,
and then link back to his site to read 
the writing of many other wonderful 
poets and bloggers.

So, while I am praying for my Country,
and Resting in the Place of Stillness
that Jesus has called me to be,
These words have dropped like dew
to bring me encouragement.

Candle kisses Flame

Light sparks over darkened room

Softly falls the heart

                                  –Bettie Gilbert

May your own heart find encouragement 
in the light of Jesus
as well.


10 thoughts on “The Stillness of Poetry, Part 2

  1. Beautiful, Bettie! I LOVE your haiku!! Well done on finding your brave and unleashing your art. May it be just the start of gaining courage and strength in stillness. I'm excited to see where this journey takes you, dear friend! ����


  2. Thank you so much for your motivation, Joy! You have been a great encouragement to me to keep pursuing the creative heart that God places within each one of us. He surely knows how to bring out the words of His choosing, doesn't He? 🙂 I am glad to be on this journey with you, my friend. xoxo


  3. Bettie, I love your haiku! It's beautiful and brings such a sense of peace and calm. I'm so glad you “took the plunge” and joined in!
    “…my own heart is choosing to look up,
    to remain in that place of
    Stillness before my God.” Yes, He is the one who will never change, is full of love and mercy, and will bring about His purposes. Blessings to you dear Bettie! I'm so excited you are doing this, my dear blogging sister/friend. xoxo


  4. Dear Gayl, Thank you so much for your inspiration to join in this new (for me) poetry challenge! I think I'm going to really like it. Isn't God so good to bring us the peace that we need to continue Hoping in His purposes? I am so grateful to be able to connect with you also my blogging sister/friend! xoxo


  5. Such a beautiful start, Bettie. 🙂 It makes me think how God shines His light in the darkness of our hearts and He is also powerful to shine His light in the midst of such darkness and turmoil in our country. I keep reminding myself that He is God and He will always be in control. As you say, He remains constant and loving, even when all else might feel shaken. Thank you for encouraging my heart today! Love and hugs!


  6. Dear Trudy, Thank you for your encouragement to keep going in these new ventures. 🙂 And, yes, you are so right that God is so “powerful to shine His light in the midst of such darkness and turmoil.” I need to keep reminding myself of that, daily, also. His light and His love keep us ever secure! Love and Hugs to you also my friend!


  7. Thank you for your kind words, Meg! I have missed reading your wonderful words as well. But I am excited to hear about the ways that God has been with you in the writing break! I am so grateful for your encouragement and prayers, my friend! xoxo


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