Pardon my flaws that keep me out of fellowship with You,
patiently bear with me when my faults become evident.
See the difficulties I face with trying to fight against
the negative influences that try to come back,
and even the ones I allow to have residence.

I’m at war sometimes with myself,
taking steps ahead only to find out I have to start again,
trying to build without my foundation,
I have to tear everything down because I lack patience.
Pardon my flaws that keep me out of fellowship with You,
because I’m falling in love with temporary fixes,
knowing it only soothes me for a second before
it ultimately sets me back.

It’s like I fail to trust You even when You hold the plan
for my life in Your hands.
Know better, but I see nothing happening,
my faithfulness is in question for moving away
instead of hanging in there.
I’m sorry I keep sabotaging what You’re doing,
all because I feel uncomfortable being suspended in air…

Pardon my flaws that keep me out of fellowship with You,
please forgive my haste.
It’s just that I don’t want my life to go to waste in prison,
and I grow older in this space.
Help me to move this stumbling block because I’m tired of tripping……

Marshall Jones is a 40 year old man on a lifelong journey of bearing fruit for the Kingdom of God. The author of "A Raven's Meal" (RoseDog Books), a poetry collection, he aspires to target the grey areas, and the people who are terribly misunderstood by society. Believing that everyone deserves a voice, he not only shares his testimony, but he also tries to use his gifting to share other people's experiences as well. He writes from the prison system that has housed his body for 18 years, but also from the place that has been the catalyst to his freedom. Click on the YouTube Link below for his Book. or go to