Refine My Heart, Oh God



Refine is the word prompt for this week’s #FiveMinuteFriday. The first thing that came to my mind was a song entitled “The Refiner’s Fire.” It was made popular by Steve Green quite a few years ago. I’ll share a link at the end of this post. My prayer is for God to refine my heart.




As I proceeded to write about the word I was not satisfied, because it didn’t seem to come from my heart. So I deleted the post and almost decided not to write for this week. Then I decided to pray about what I should write, if anything at all. Next, I switched gears and wrote the following poem. It took a minute or two longer than five, but it is an unrevised free write.


Refine My Heart, Oh God

Refine my heart, Oh God
Take out all impurities,
those stony parts
of insensitivity

Make my heart fully flesh
May I love as You love
those weaker ones
who need to know that I care

Enlarge my heart, Oh God
Open my ears to hear
those cries for help
and learn to cry with them

Please purify my heart
Open my blinded eyes
to see beauty
in all your creation

                                                                            ~ gayl wright



I’m linking up with #FiveMinuteFriday, #ThoughtProvokingThursday

18 thoughts on “Refine My Heart, Oh God

  1. Refine, enlarge, purify, while keeping it soft. What a beautiful poem! Perhaps like the wine at the wedding, the best is saved for last. And thank you for reading my post. #83.

  2. Visiting from #FiveMinuteFriday

    What a beautiful poem. You perfectly capture the desire to be better and to grow as a result of God’s refinement. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Heidi #85

  3. Dear Gayl,
    Thank you for sharing the Steve Green song–it’s been years since I listened to that! I sometimes feel that I go kicking into the trial, but I want to open my heart, and say along with you:

    “Take out all impurities,
    those stony parts
    of insensitivity”

    I needed to hear just these words tonight! So I am grateful that you were a little late in posting. Blessings and hugs to you, my friend!

    1. Thank you, dear Bettie! It’s been years since I had listened to that song, too, but it came to mind.

      I am glad my words were helpful to you. It’s cool how God works, because your words have come at just the right time for me, too, at times.

      Blessings and hugs to you dear sister! xo

    1. Thank you Ifeoma! I think my grandkids are fine. I know the new baby is doing well, though I haven’t seen her yet!!!! I got sick and have been in bed for three days. My fever finally left and I’m able to spend a few minutes online.

      Blessings to you! Have a wonderful week!

  4. There’s nothing quite like the Refiner’s fire as it burns off our collected dross and detritus. How painful those searing flames can feel, but oh how necessary they are to grow us into Christ-likeness!
    Gayl, I’m so glad you paused and prayed, allowing God to refine your thoughts into this beautiful prayer. Lovely, needful words to start my week! Thank you, sweet writer-poet friend. xoxo ?

    1. You are so right, Joy – painful but necessary. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Your words are always encouraging to me.

      Blessings to you, my dear friend! xoxo

  5. Gayl, that is a beautiful poem! Love how the words came from your heart after you prayer. Your site looks great and hope you are feeling much better.

    1. Thank you so much, Christina! I am finally feeling a bit better. At least my fever is gone and I’m able to spend a little time online.

      Blessings to you!

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