Guide Me


As we drove in the car,

My son

Began a conversation.


All but ignored,

He asked

Of heaven and hell.

Please God,

I need guidance,


For I’m learning myself.

I pray

My son will believe


He knows it’s the way-

More than

Just words I say.

My child,

Help his mind absorb Your words;

Hold him,

Fill his heart with Your love.

10 thoughts on “Guide Me

  1. Debbie July 24, 2011 / 7:33 AM

    Beautiful post, Janna! As moms, we want the best for our kids and we know GOD is best! It’s a fine line we walk, encouraging them toward Him without pushing and demanding. When they’re little, it’s easier because they so want to imitate us; when they get to be teenagers, they ape their friends more (while still keeping an eye on us!). No matter our doubts or faith-failings, we must be there for them. You’ve expressed it so lovingly!

    • jannatwrites July 25, 2011 / 9:21 PM

      Thanks for your nice comment, Debbie! I do the best I can, but I often suspect it may not be enough. I pulled out my Children’s Bible (from when I was a kid) so I could read it to him. Perhaps after the house remodeling is done.

  2. pattisj July 24, 2011 / 11:41 AM

    Nice, heartfelt prayer/poem, Janna.

    • jannatwrites July 25, 2011 / 9:22 PM

      Thanks for reading and for your kind comment, Patti 🙂

  3. nrhatch July 24, 2011 / 10:03 PM

    Hope you found just the right words, Janna.

    • jannatwrites July 25, 2011 / 9:23 PM

      Well, I’m not sure if I did that day, but maybe I will in the future. (I very rarely say the right words…I do much better with writing.)

      Thanks for visiting, Nancy!

  4. pattyabr July 25, 2011 / 5:50 PM

    I remember my son looking out the window of the van and asking deep questions. You just be honest with what you know. And if you don’t know the answer you say so. If your child loves and trusts you he will trust your answers. It is a seed you are planting. You hope and pray the roots are strong to withstand the winds of life.

    • jannatwrites July 25, 2011 / 9:35 PM

      Beautifully said, Patty. It’s funny because he does talk more when we’re doing stuff (driving in the car, cooking dinner, playing games.) I hope that doesn’t stop.

  5. Kavita July 26, 2011 / 11:15 PM

    Amen to that, Janna! The innocence and truthfulness in a child’s eyes makes you melt… it makes you wanna everything you can for them… no?
    May your son get THE BEST of everything…

    This one really warmed my heart… just like the comments you leave on my blog! You have been so encouraging and supportive of my work, Janna… and I cannot thank you enough for that!! Please pardon me for my infrequent visits, my dear friend.. A little bit of laziness (and my new iPad) hold me in their grip! *sigh*

    • jannatwrites July 27, 2011 / 9:13 PM

      It is refreshing to see the world through their non-jaded eyes once in a while!

      I know you’re busy, but I’m happy when you do stop by. I do enjoy your poetry – you’re very talented, Kavita! Thanks for your sweet comment.

      P.S. I wish I had an iPad, too 🙂

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