Seventeen

By Hannah Whatley

When I was a child, I spoke as a child;

I acted and thought and felt as a child,

But then I turned seventeen.

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Seventeen—Oh, the great and glorious mystery,

Between the realms of infancy and maturity;

The questions of life that shape our future history

Are laid unadorned before us—Oh, the treachery

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Our Declaration

By Zelphia Peterson

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world…” Psalm 19:1–4 (NIV).

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The heavens declare the glory of God

The earth shouts the sound of his praise

All creation proclaims him, together adores him

And sings of his marvelous ways [Read more…]

Potshards

When I was younger,

I collected potshard stories

about a place where grown-ups lived.

I wondered about it on summer days—

feet had grass-tickled toes and mud-caked heels,

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fingers were perches for butterfly kisses,

ears were homes for the angels’ laughter,

eyes were puddles for shooting stars to land, [Read more…]

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If you’ve ever emailed us at KP, you’ve probably “met” Sarah—a passionate storyteller with a huge heart that loves Jesus and everyone she meets. Sarah grew up in Georgia with her mom, dad, and little sister, Merry, where she attends the University of Georgia, majoring in International Affairs and Agriculture Communication. When she graduates, Sarah wants to help people all over the world succeed in the agriculture industry and tell the all-important story of the farmer. She joined the Kingdom Pen Team as Secretary in September 2013 and now serves as the Director of Community Happiness. Sarah has been homeschooled, private-schooled, and graduated from Madison County High School in May 2015. She attended Summit in July 2015. She’ll read pretty much anything (if she had to pick, though, her favorite author would be Frank Peretti) and has tried her hand at pretty much every kind of writing out there, though she likes writing fiction and poetry best. But because writing bios is a struggle, if you really want to get to know Sarah, shove some words in her general direction via the Forum, on one of the many social medias down below, or through the KP e-mail: kingdompenmag@gmail.com.

Fruits of the Spirit

By Tessa Just

Love

Unselfish feeling,

Great affection for something,

Desire to care for,

Emotion.

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Joy

Great happiness,

Satisfaction for a job well done,

Deep contentment,

Delight.

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Procrastination

By Adora Istrate

I’ll do it later, says the boy to his mother,

Maybe it’ll get done in some way or another.

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I’ll do it later, says the girl with great dreams,

But “later” takes up much more time than she deems. [Read more…]

Song of the Storm

Marina windows glowing with

moonlight and lightning,

I’m standing on tired toes,

peering into the sky that tastes like ocean,

trembling with wonder as the sky smiles.

Jagged white teeth stretch to touch cotton cheeks

aglow with the cool light of midnight.

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Laughter rumbles out from the depths

of a midnight ocean whose tide never turns toward the shoreline [Read more…]

Profile photo of Sarah Spradlin
If you’ve ever emailed us at KP, you’ve probably “met” Sarah—a passionate storyteller with a huge heart that loves Jesus and everyone she meets. Sarah grew up in Georgia with her mom, dad, and little sister, Merry, where she attends the University of Georgia, majoring in International Affairs and Agriculture Communication. When she graduates, Sarah wants to help people all over the world succeed in the agriculture industry and tell the all-important story of the farmer. She joined the Kingdom Pen Team as Secretary in September 2013 and now serves as the Director of Community Happiness. Sarah has been homeschooled, private-schooled, and graduated from Madison County High School in May 2015. She attended Summit in July 2015. She’ll read pretty much anything (if she had to pick, though, her favorite author would be Frank Peretti) and has tried her hand at pretty much every kind of writing out there, though she likes writing fiction and poetry best. But because writing bios is a struggle, if you really want to get to know Sarah, shove some words in her general direction via the Forum, on one of the many social medias down below, or through the KP e-mail: kingdompenmag@gmail.com.

The Awareness of Grace

By D.G. Snapper

According to the riches of His grace,

I am covered by the shield of faith,

Under His yoke

With unconditional love

Which is beyond comprehension.

Apart from the world;

Against the evil,

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And in the place of condemnation

Prior to accepting that I have fallen utterly short [Read more…]

As Light Cascaded

By Emma Travis

The fabric was blank.

The void, so still, so silent,

Just You, You in Your beauty.

Threads of quiet universe

Hushed, waiting.

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Wise and understanding, You knew,

Knew Your heart held love,

A thing more powerful

Than any solitary force. [Read more…]

Mercy Triumphs

By Zelphia Peterson

“Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:12-13

Mercy triumphed over judgment

At the cross, that mercy tree

As all our sins were washed away

By His blood on Calvary

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Mercy triumphed over judgment

When the stone was rolled away [Read more…]

Loved

By Ingrid Dornbirer

Shattered and shameful,

These things described me.

Fearful and hateful.

These words defined me.

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Broken and chained.

That’s how He found me.

Confused and blamed,

When His love surrounded me. [Read more…]