Faith Tempered


Faith tempered is faith made strong.

A runner set in the blocks waiting.

Passes out while they fix the pistol.

No starting shot. No race running.


Faith tempered is faith made strong.

A move ready to be made, put on hold,

Lives packed and waiting again. Still.

When we beg. Not yet we hear. No.


Faith could be tested. And found weak.

We could gnash teeth and weep.

Frustration could erode our strength.

And yet on faith we rest, in grace.


Faith can be tested. And tested again.

We can be as ready as ready can be

and God can still say, “No. Not now.”

We can, and we do, wait and pray.


Faith can be tested and found strong.

Tire tracks show change of direction

but not a change in faith, so we continue.

Holding on to the blessings abundant.


Faith tempered is faith made strong.

We could let it bring us down but why?

Not in a hallway waiting, but pacing

around the round pen of life. Still.


Faith tempered is faith made strong.

We dance this dance together. Us three.

We walk this path together, holding on.

We move on not knowing but okay.


Faith set and seen is no faith at all.

Faith needs us to trust, to close our

expectations and leave our wishes

at the door. We can step or fly – GO!


This image is from the end of our driveway. T he words from where we are in life. The poem an offering of encouragement to those who wait and pray, as we do. Β Keep the faith! Β Shared with you all and the good folks at dVerse for Open Link Night.



  1. Mary said,

    October 1, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Shanyn, I like this poem a lot. Our faith really IS tested time and time again. Hopefully the testing helps strengthen our faith. We DO need to trust and leave our own wishes at the door!

    • shanyns said,

      October 2, 2013 at 1:44 am

      I think it does strengthen us, or we would give up. And I’m kinda stubborn that way – I don’t like to quit! πŸ™‚ Thanks for coming by, so pleased you liked the poem.

  2. markwindham said,

    October 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    it is indeed difficult to rely on faith when everything around us screams the opposite, usually including our own voice…

    • shanyns said,

      October 2, 2013 at 1:44 am

      So true Mark, so very true! So cool that you stopped by, thanks!

  3. brian miller said,

    October 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    the only faith tested that is not stronger is th one that is broken…and we are promised nothing we do not have the strength to carry you know….i think a faith never tested is a very sad and weak thing…i’d be afraid of it honestly…

    • shanyns said,

      October 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      I would too, that sort of faith is not really faith at all. But an image or a myth of faith. Real faith has scars, scabs, tears and dirt. It has been tested and tempered. His faith in me is greater than my faith in myself πŸ™‚ Thanks for coming by my friend.

  4. Glenn Buttkus said,

    October 1, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Faith can be a double-edged implement, for at times when we have no answers, no data, no facts, no one to blame–we still endeavor to control our course, and move ahead into treacherous waters because our ignorance left us wanting; yet faith is kin to hope, to internal genetic spiritual wisdom, and without it, we flounder, take on water, begin to sink. A great mantra here, and I adore the symbols in your driveway; reminds me of my marriage.

    • shanyns said,

      October 1, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you Glenn. Sometimes we have to get out of the boat, and not look down at the water or we’ll sink for sure. There is something that keeps us reaching out in our faith – and it must be in our genetic code by now πŸ™‚ Double hearts are always good things my friend.

  5. October 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Faith is needed to go on.. but also to stay.. like how you started each stanza with a little word of wisdom… great write

    • shanyns said,

      October 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks Bjorn πŸ™‚ Appreciate that my friend.

  6. claudia said,

    October 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    oh i feel you in this… sometimes it seems it takes forever until he answers… but then… as long as i can think back, he was never too late.. prissi was waiting for a document that she needed for her travels…we prayed that it would be here in time… it came today… she’s flying tomorrow…so…smiles

    • shanyns said,

      October 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      No He is never too late, or too early. That is very true. Glad the waited for document arrived – prayers for safe travel!

  7. Marya said,

    October 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Faith, evidence, there is such a tension in our human condition! Love the poem, Shanyn, and the photo.

    • shanyns said,

      October 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks! πŸ™‚ I think, like the old joke, that it is that tension that keeps us from falling apart.

  8. October 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    A wonderful poem, our faith is tested daily on the different trials of life…it’s a hard road but somehow when we’re at our breaking point we are at our best…I like to think. πŸ™‚

    • shanyns said,

      October 1, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      I agree! And we can’t see that until we are past it, and we wonder about it all in hindsight. Thanks for coming by.

  9. hisfirefly said,

    October 1, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    your words describe the holding pattern we have lived in for the past few years, knowing that When He moves He will move quickly and we must be ready to follow

  10. October 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    This has an optimistic upbeat rhythm despite the reality of testing, waiting etc.

  11. October 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I am reminded of the value of waiting–that all things happen in their time–lovely sense to this for me–

  12. Laurie Kolp said,

    October 1, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I love this, Shanyns. It’s had to describe faith, but you know it when you have it.

    • shanyns said,

      October 2, 2013 at 1:45 am

      That is very true Laurie. It is hard to describe, but when you have it you know. Thanks for coming over!

  13. October 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Beautiful words…faith in all is but hope. πŸ™‚

  14. October 1, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I love the refraining first line of each stanza ~ Faith can be tested, yet it can be strong indeed ~

    • shanyns said,

      October 2, 2013 at 1:46 am

      Thanks so much. That line, those lines, have been in my mind all weekend. Glad to have them out in the open!

  15. kelly said,

    October 2, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Your use of repetition is very effective here… The strength of your faith shines through.

    • shanyns said,

      October 2, 2013 at 1:46 am

      Thank you Kelly. That means so much. Bless you!

  16. Susan Chast said,

    October 2, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Th repetitions in this lyrical poem on readiness truly underscore the idea of testing and testing again. Of course, that phrase makes me think of the school district here, an instance when testing has gone beyond tempering and proceeds without mercy–not an act of God.

    • shanyns said,

      October 2, 2013 at 5:10 am

      Ah well for certain I am referring to the tempering of a merciful God and not the testing of an unmerciful institution! πŸ™‚ But you knew that! Thanks for coming over.

  17. October 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I think of Mother Teresa’s quote “β€œI know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” Sometimes, it feels that way. It is comforting to know He doesn’t ask for a quantity of faith just faithfulness. Nice words today in your poem.

    • shanyns said,

      October 2, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you! And yes that quote often gets me through when I want to quit. πŸ™‚

  18. Pamela said,

    October 3, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I love when I see true people with faith, Shanyns. It is reassuring in this life of uncertainty and cruelty. Nice write.


    • shanyns said,

      October 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Pamela – thank you! And bless you! So glad to see you.

  19. brentwhite said,

    October 3, 2013 at 4:48 am

    I love the rhythm of this poem. I want to set it to music and sing it!

    • shanyns said,

      October 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Would you do that? I would LOVE to have one of my poems set to music and sung…let me know if you are serious – that would be a dream come true.

      • brentwhite said,

        October 4, 2013 at 4:08 am

        Suddenly I feel very self-conscious! I am serious, but the “dream come true” part might have to await a better singer/musician! πŸ˜‰

        I’ll give it a shot, but it might be closer to Christmas before it’s finished.

      • shanyns said,

        October 4, 2013 at 4:11 am

        I am willing to trust God in this, and the talents He blessed you with! I won’t pester you but I AM excited! πŸ™‚

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