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I Should Give Up

treeI’ve failed, faltered, and fallen short
I’ve given in to tiredness, discouragement,
The lies that sounded so true
Because broken ears heard them
And downcast eyes stayed earthbound
Challenges abound, enemies taunt
Affliction tears at memories of intimacy,
Of being close to the Name
It seems so clear: I should give up
Feels like an awakening inside
I should walk away and try to forget
But it’s the one thing I can’t do
I make a step toward the door
No fire blocks my way, no angel grabs me
I just can’t go–the promise is alive
Love is real whether I feel it or not
No, I will wait; there is more than I see
Yes, I will wait and stand another day
The name of the Lord is to be praised

Though the fig tree should not blossomAnd there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places… –Habakkuk 3:17-19

A Warrior Poet Circle post


  1. Man, I needed that today! Thanks for the warrior poetry mu brother!
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..Internet MonknessMy Profile

    • Glad someone besides me needed it! Thank you, Jay.

  2. Just beautiful, Jason . . .
    Martha Orlando recently posted..Walking in the Light of the LordMy Profile

    • Thank you, Martha!

  3. Awesome wisdom and heart. I just read this verse and book last week. Awesome.

    • Thanks Floyd. 🙂

  4. Interesting that I read this in the midst of helping my son with his poetry project for school. Kind of gave me a unique thought process based on how he’s had to analyze different poetic forms. And I like that you include the scripture after, so that I could easily connect what you wrote with it. I’ve not really tried poetry since I had to in school years ago, but I am enjoying reading yours.
    Kari Scare recently posted..5 Skills Everyone Should HaveMy Profile

    • Awesome. Thanks Kari! I couldn’t tell you what form it is (free verse maybe?), but I like putting my thoughts in a different format. Helps me process better. Thanks again.

  5. Turth in a poem! Great way to go!
    Ed recently posted..Cardboard Pizza GospelMy Profile

    • Thanks Ed. 🙂

  6. I have had a long day, and this spoke to me
    David Rupert recently posted..Why you won’t hear this four-letter wordMy Profile

    • I’m not happy you’re going through it, but so glad it’s not just me. Thanks David.

  7. Oh good verse brother and good poem. Precious words to encourage us as we walk this old fallen earth. Today has been a rough one…needed to end it with this.
    Betty Draper recently posted..Standing In The Need of PrayerMy Profile

    • That’s a great encouragement to me, Betty. Thank you so much.

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