Steady and Sure with God as My Guide

I am combining my writing prompts this week, because they go together so well. The Five Minute Friday prompt is the word STEADY. The first thing that came to mind was the thought that slow and steady wins the race, from the story about the tortoise and the hare.

That’s good advice, but sometimes we need more than ourselves to keep from stumbling. We need something or someone to keep us steady. That’s where the second prompt comes in.


steady ground
The ground beneath my feet….


My daughter, Jamie, wrote about God in the ground beneath us and gave some ideas for writing along those lines. As I read her post I was reminded that He is our anchor to keep us steady. 


I took this picture in May from the place we stayed in Pigeon Forge, TN.


My words came in the form of a poem. The initial writing only took slightly longer than five minutes. But I must admit I did edit it a little before including it here.

God is Everywhere

God in the ground below me
A strong and steady foundation
Holding me when I stumble
Guiding my way hour by hour

God in the air around me
A sweet aroma giving life
Holy Spirit enters in
Filling my lungs breath by breath

God in the place before me
A sure and steady leader
Showing me my own true path
Strengthening me day by day

God in the space behind me
A strong and faithful support
Gently urging when I balk
Pacing my steps one by one

God in the road beside me
A steady arm to cling to
Giving strength to move ahead
On life’s journey step by step


I’m so glad God is with me throughout my journey. He is faithful, full of mercy and gives me grace, forgiveness and hope. What about you? What keeps you steady when life threatens to make you fall?


Be sure to check out Jamie’s post. You just might be inspired to use her writing prompts.

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #FreshMarketFriday , #Faith’nFriends, #InspireMeMonday, #TeaAndWord, #MomentsofHope, #Glimpses, #porchstories, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #TuneInThursday


28 thoughts on “Steady and Sure with God as My Guide

  1. Dear Gayl,
    Wow! What an amazing way that those 2 prompts fit together! I love how you wove them into such a beautiful poem. Truly it is the Lord who steadies the ground beneath us and is our firm foundation. Those photos from your trips are so beautiful. I haven’t been able to write anything for Jamie’s prompt this week yet, but I am pondering the thoughts. Maybe soon! Thank you for being such an inspiration, dear Sister! Love and Hugs to you! xo

    1. Thank you, dear Bettie. I’m glad to be an inspiration to you. I think we inspire each other, don’t you? 🙂 I wasn’t sure what I was going to write, but it just came together this evening.

      The top photo I took standing on our hillside, the second one is Pigeon Forge, TN , and the one with the scripture was taken on the Gulf coast of FL. 🙂

      Many blessings, love and hugs to you, dear sister! xoxo

  2. I enjoyed your poem and I agree, I am glad that God is someone steady who is always with us and who we can always rely upon.

  3. It’s the times when we “can’t see or understand” that we most need these reminders of God’s steady faithfulness. Thanks, Gayl, for reminding me of the firm foundation beneath my feet!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Michele! Yes, the reminders really help us in times of darkness. It’s like what David did in so many of the Psalms. He started out in the darkness wondering where God was but ended up remembering what God had done in the past and trusting Him to act again in accordance with His will.

      We need those reminders often, I think.

      Blessings to you!

  4. I love your poem, Gayl. It reminds me of a worship song I recently learned: Christ Be All Around Me (by All Sons and Daughters). You wove these prompts together so beautifully.

    1. Thank you, Jeannie! I haven’t heard that particular worship song, but there is an old hymn in our Anglican hymnal that uses the words from St. Patrick’s breastplate – Christ beside me, Christ behind me, Christ before me………

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for your encouragement!
      Blessings to you!

  5. Thank you for sharing the beautiful poem. I need to remember that God is below me, before me, around me, behind me, beside me. I hope that you have a lovely day!

  6. So beautiful, Gayl – and such a sweet reminder today that God is always with us. Have you heard of the worship band, All Sons & Daughters. They have a song called Christ Be All Around Me and your words remind me of it. So grateful that He is all sufficient. Glad to be your neighbor at #porchstories.

    1. Thank you so much, Tiffany! I haven’t really heard of them, except I saw a link on someone’s blog. I’ll have to look up that song. 🙂

      Blessings to you and have a great weekend!

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